Most Victims Of Online Sex Blackmail In Ghana Are Children

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) of the Ministry of Communications receives about 10 cases of what it terms “online sextortion” weekly.

The cases, which mainly involved children and young persons, it said, ranked second after fraud as cybersecurity abuse cases recorded on a daily basis.

Mr Isaac Socrates Mensah, a Cyber Triage Officer at the NCSC disclosed this, on Tuesday, in Accra at the commemoration this year’s Africa Safer Internet Day under the theme; “Together for a Better Internet.”

Sextortion is a practice of extorting money or sexual favours from someone by threatening to reveal evidence of their sexual activity.

“Sextortion is a big issue at the Centre, they are reported every day. In fact, some of the victims have not seen their predators in person but are online friends.

Indeed, a lot of people on the internet are wolves in sheepskin.

He, therefore, cautioned children to be careful and urged victims to report their predators to the Cybersecurity Incident Reporting Points of Contact, which received complaints of any form of cyber abuse, as part of efforts in sanitising the nation’s cyberspace.

Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister of Communications, recommended to the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to consider incorporating cyber-hygienic practices in curriculums for awareness creation and crime prevention.

This would equip the students with ethics on how to conduct themselves when online and protect them from becoming victims of criminal activities.

The Minister reiterated that the Government would soon initiate the process for the re-registration of all SIM cards on a full scale, as part of efforts to clamp down on fraudulent activities and sanitise the cyberspace.

While cautioning children and the youth against divulging personal details when online, she advised parents to take a keen interest in their ward’s activities online in order to complement the efforts of government in ensuring their safety.

source: GNA

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