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Welfare Group: Victims Of Paedophiles Knew Their Abusers

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MALACCA: A welfare group here says all incidents of paedophilia it handled involved adults who were known to their young victims.

“The perpetrators gained their victims’ trust by being nice and friendly,” said Malacca Barisan Nasional social service centre (Pembela) director Amir Hamzah Aziz.

“I do not want to say too much to protect the children.

“But I can say that the pattern of sexual abuses were similar to that of Richard Huckle,” Amir Hamzah added.

Huckle, 30, was found out by Australian police while they were investigating other suspects on a paedophile site. He was subsequently arrested by British police at the Gatwick Airport.

Between March 2006 and December 2014, Huckle sexually abused impoverished and mostly Malaysian children aged from six months to 11 years old, and possessed more than 20,000 indecent images on his computer and camera.

Huckle pleaded guilty to 71 counts of child sex offences and has to spend more than 23 years in prison before a parole board can even consider his release.

Amir Hamzah said Pembela handled about five paedophile cases a year which were referred to the police, adding that a recent case even involved a civil servant who took advantage of students by outraging their modesty.

“There was also a case where a 14-year-old became pregnant after she was raped by someone she knew,” he said.

In March, Malacca police detained a school teacher following reports lodged by a pupil.

The pupil had stated that the 28-year-old male teacher performed oral sex on her and a friend when they were staying at a hotel in Ayer Keroh here last October.

The two pupils had represented their school rugby team at a national tournament and the teacher allegedly entered their room and sexually abused them.

In August last year, two primary school girls in Jasin claimed that their teacher had sexually abused them during a co-curriculum activity.

The 11-year-olds alleged that the incident occurred while they were arranging sports equipment at the school store.

Malacca police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Ramli Din said priority was given to all sexual abuses cases involving children.

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