Predator in my Phone

Back in 2016, we started an experiment. We asked a few of our reporters to pose as underage girls on mobile chat apps, to see how many sex predators would proposition them.

The results absolutely shocked us. Every time we activated the “friend finder” feature on these apps, we were almost guaranteed to receive obscene sexual advances.

PREDATOR IN MY PHONE documents the undercover operations our journalists performed to find out more about these sex predators – and to help the police nail them.

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    Facts and Helplines

    Grooming FAQ

    Not sure what grooming is or who to contact? Unicef has the answers to your questions.

    Parents vs. digital demons

    Parents need to take more responsibility in empowering and raising awareness in their children, about the dangers of sexual predators online.

    Help Hotlines

    A list of organisations and hotlines you can contact

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    Takahara Suiko gives voice to the voiceless

    For many victims suffering from self-blame and stigma, Takahara Suiko’s Sejarah Hitam Kami Tumblr account is where their stories can be shared, without fear of judgment or prejudice.

    Sexual abuse victims share their stories

    Sexual abuse survivors have been sharing their stories with R.AGE, hoping it will help others who are going through what they did.

    Predator on the silver screen

    R.AGE online documentary series Predator In My Phone was given an extended screening thanks to the Malaysian Documentary Society.

    Dating A Predator: K-Boy

    We codenamed this man “K-Boy”. He booked a hotel room for our first meet-up. Watch the full video.

    Dating A Predator: Fotoman

    This man asked our journalist, who was posing as a 15-year-old, to have sex on their first date.

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    Why we need laws against sexual grooming

    Experts tell us why laws against grooming are so important, and which countries already have it.

    Changing the law to protect children and combat online grooming

    How can you help change the law to protect children.

    Dangerous Connections

    Successful chat apps are worth billions of dollars, but they come at a cost to our children’s safety.

    Malaysia needs a culture shift

    We can talk about digital safety all we want, but without a change in our mindsets, our youth will remain unsafe online, said experts at Unicef’s #ReplyForAll-MY town hall.

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    Stand Together

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    The Last Survivors

    A series documenting the dramatic, remarkable and often unheard stories of Malaysia’s World War II survivors.

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