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Minister answers questions on Internet-related sexual crimes

Source: www.mha.gov.sg

Oral Answer to Parliamentary Question on a) how many girls and women have been victims of sex crimes and/or financial loss from knowing the offenders through the Internet; and b) will the Ministry consider imposing stiffer penalties on those who prey on young girls through the Internet., 17 July 2007

 

Mdm Cynthia Phua:
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs:
(a) how many girls and women have been victims of sex crimes and/or financial loss from knowing the offenders through the Internet; and
(b) will the Ministry consider imposing stiffer penalties on those who prey on young girls through the Internet.
Assoc Prof Ho Peng Kee:
There were 124 reported cases of females becoming victims of sex crimes as a result of them knowing the offenders through the Internet between 2001 and 2006.
Of these reported cases, 80 cases (or about two-thirds) involved victims who were below 16 years of age. Of these 124 cases, two of them also involved the victims¨ property being stolen.
The number of cases of Internet-related sexual crimes forms about 1.5 % of the total number of sexual crimes.
Over the years, there has not been any significant increase in the number of Internet-related sexual crimes but this remains an area of concern as it mainly involves young victims.
To address this threat, Police has embarked on several crime intervention actions by working closely with the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports to conduct training sessions, workshops, programmes and crime awareness talks.
The current legal provisions and penalties for these sexual offences are adequate.
The penalties for the offence of rape under the Penal Code carry an imprisonment term of up to 20 years and option of fine and caning.
The penalties for the offence of carnal connection (that is, having sexual intercourse with a girl under 16) under the Women¨s Charter carry an imprisonment term of up to 5 years and option of fine up to $10,000.
In view of the relatively small number of Internet-related sexual crime cases reported over the years, there is no need to provide for enhanced penalties in existing offences when the offence is committed via the Internet.

Source: www.mha.gov.sg News Release 17 Jul 2007

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