Hyderabad: Responding to an urgent need to tackle the rising number of crimes against children, over 100 senior police officers of the Hyderabad City Police are participating in ‘Choke The Demand’, a workshop focused on pro-actively addressing commercial sexual exploitation of children.
The two-day workshop is being organised by Change.org, Changemantras and The News Minute in coordination with the Hyderabad City Police and Bharosa Counselling Centre at the Plaza Hotel, Begumpet.
Speaking at the inauguration of the workshop on Wednesday, City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar said the Hyderabad City police would emerge as the leading police force in the country to set the trend in addressing sexual violence against children.
“There is a high demand for children for online pornography or other forms of child sexual exploitation. We want our police force to be equipped with dealing with children who are victims of such crimes in a sensitive manner, and also to be trained on cybercrime,” he said.
“Crimes against children are on the rise across the country. Child abuse often translates into commercial sexual exploitation, with pornography being used to blackmail and groom children into being sexually exploited for commercial gain,” said Shikha Goel, Additional Commissioner of Police.
The police officers will interact with researchers and experts on topics such as low conviction rates under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, arrest and prosecution of customers of commercial sexual exploitation of children, and cybercrime and its link with sexual exploitation of children.
One of the main objectives of the workshop is to initiate ‘Pro-active Policing’ (both online and offline) to deter potential customers from seeking sex with a child in exchange of money, officials said.
Durga Nandini, Director (Communications), Change.org, said, “Telangana has been on the forefront of addressing the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of children. We would like to congratulate the Hyderabad police for taking the lead on hearing a fresh perspective from subject matter experts on how to address crimes against children.”