Cybercrime cases have always been a menace in Kenya, and authorities that have been tasked to fight the vice may soon get a boost if the promises and efforts being peddled by the U.K. will come to fruition. In this case, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May who is on a tour in three African states (Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya) has pledged to build a new cyber station in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The centre will be used by the police to help locate internet-using British nationals that are sexually attracted to/or sexually abuse children otherwise known as pedophiles.
In essence, the centre in the city will be equipped with tools that will help people in charge of policing cybercrime counter cases of sharing child abuse photographs on the internet. The tools will also help in identifying potential victims in a timely manner to counter further abuse. What is more, it is said that the facility will leverage data from other tech firms to nab offenders.
“Online child exploitation is an abhorrent crime and we are determined to ensure there is no place to hide for predators who use the internet to share images of abuse across borders, too often with impunity,” notes the Prime Minister.
It should be noted that the pledge is more of an upgrade on the current anti-trafficking and child protection unit that started to carry out its mandate back in 2016 with help from Britain’s National Crime Agency.
The security pact has already been signed, so the facility should be on its toes as soon as possible.