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DCI Warns of criminals luring children via online learning platforms

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The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has warned parents to be on the lookout following an increase in reported cases of offenses against children during online learning.

According to a statement from the DCI on Tuesday, there have different cases where children were lured by criminals using text messages.

“In four such reported cases, the predators sent children messages in their inboxes complimenting their looks then after gaining their trust, went ahead to ask them for their nude images among other despicable acts,” the DCI said.

The criminals have allegedly taken advantage of the online learning platforms to ask children for nudes and lure them for sexual offenses.

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The DCI said detectives have also received and are actively investigating other cases of similar nature, from different parts of the country.

Kenyans have been urged to report any offense committed against a child to the Child Protection Unit through the toll free line 116 or make a report to the nearest police station for action.

Where possible, they are to furnish DCI officers with details of the perpetrators such as user names, phone numbers, email and social media accounts that have been in contact with their children.

The DCI also advises Parents and guardians to constantly monitor the whereabouts of their children at all times and be wary of the content they access online.

…most of it would not only be harmful & detrimental to their lives but could lead to dire consequences such as kidnappings, defilement or even death,” the DCI added