The sheer determination of the South African Police Service’s Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit in Gauteng to break the back of child pornography rings, is yielding success. The latest person to feel the full might of the law, is a 39-year-old man from Midrand, just north of Johannesburg, who was arrested on Thursday, 19 March 2015 for possession and distribution of child pornography.
The suspect has already appeared in the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court and is out on
R5 000,00 bail. The case has been postponed to 22 April 2015. His arrest brings to five, the number of suspects this team has arrested in South Africa alone, since the beginning of this year. Early this month a 53-year-old man from Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, was arrested by the FCS detective team for being the alleged webmaster of a child pornography website of which the users and victims stretched all the way to the United States of America. He was released on R40 000,00 bail and he is due back in the Grahamstown Magistrate’s Court on 28 April 2015. Immediately afterwards, a Port Elizabeth couple aged 22 and 33, was arrested after details of their alleged involvement in child pornography activities had emerged from another user, this time a Plettenberg Bay man in the Western Cape.
As part of precautionary measures to protect your children from being preyed upon by these depraved characters, the SAPS is urging parents to do the following:
Talk to your children about the dangers of sexting, think about the dangers of taking or sending their own pictures in which they are naked, or those of someone else, to anyone.
Never take pictures of themselves that they would not want their friends, teachers, families and their loved ones to see.
Never send pictures of other people to anyone, without their consent.
Always remember that once you click the ‘send’ button, you no longer have any control over the image regarding who can look at it and what is done with it.
If someone pressurises you for a sexual picture, inform a trusted adult immediately, or as soon as possible.
Children are also aised to know the identities of the people they are hooking up with on social websites such as Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. Parents should keep a close eye on who their children are chatting to on these sites, what they are chatting about and the pictures they are sharing.
The team continues to work tirelessly as they expect to make more arrests soon.
Source : South African Police Service