A chronology of the Predator In My Phone documentary campaign and related events.
R.AGE begins investigations into online sexual predators on popular chat apps, following statistics shared by the Royal Malaysian Police showing high number of increase in internet-related underage rape cases.
6 JUNE 2016
Serial British paedophile Richard Huckle given 22 life sentences in London. He was convicted of grooming and sexual abuse of up to 200 Malaysian babies and children, and of sharing his crimes on the dark web.
14 JUNE 2016
R.AGE releases first episode of Predator In My Phone, an investigative documentary series highlighting child sexual exploitation through mobile chat apps.
26 AUG 2016
Prime Minister Najib Razak announces the establishment of a task force headed by Datuk Seri Azalina Othman, to tackle child sexual crimes. The task force consists of representatives from the Attorney-General’s Chambers, Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, Bar Council, Unicef and child protection NGOs.
11 OCT 2016
R.AGE presents recommendations for new laws to counter child sexual crimes to the task force. [click to read full story]
14 OCT 2016
27 NOV 2016
A joint Cabinet paper, submitted by Datuk Seri Azalina Othman and KPWKM to tackle child sexual crimes is tabled and approved.
14 MAR 2017
The Hentikan!! Jenayah Seksual Kanak-Kanak (Stop It!!: Child Sexual Crimes) national seminar, organised by the Permata Programme and representatives from the task force, is held.
17 MAR 2017
A total of 115 members of Parliament pledges their support for the MPs Against Predators campaign.
28 MAR 2017
Unicef, Digi Telecommunications and R.AGE embarks on the first school #SayaSayangSaya national townhall in Kuala Terengganu. [click to read full story]
3 APRIL 2017
The Sexual Offences Against Children Bill 2017 is tabled for its first reading, debated and passed unanimously in Parliament.
3 APRIL 2017
The first case reported under the Predator In My Phone investigations secures a conviction, nearly a year after the police report was made. He was convicted under section 509 of the Penal Code, and sentenced to seven months in jail. The case is pending appeal.
22 JUNE 2017
PM Najib launches Special Criminal Court which will handle cases involving sexual crimes against children. The court will hear cases from Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.
R.AGE launches chat bot to address questions from children and teens about sex and reproductive health.