BANGKOK, Dec 4 (TNA) — A new smart phone application, M-Help Me, was launched to enable swift and effective reports on child sex abuse via mobile phones.
Prasit Jeawkok, head of the Return to the Earth project, and partners including child protection organizations and the Royal Thai Police Office introduced the M-Help Me app that allowed mobile phone users to report child sex abuse cases along with the photos of suspects on a real-time basis.
Users of the application can take the photos of suspects, choose the categories of the crime such as the lure of children for sex abuse and the possession, transmission or production of child pornographic content.
Users can also input useful information, send their reports, follow up authorities’ responses to their reports, and read precaution advice from government organizations recommending tips for self-protection, appropriate responses to the crime, requests for assistance, and care for abused children.
The application will later be developed to include online chats and functions to report other wrongdoing such as illegally extended operating hours of pubs, illegal child labor and minors’ visits to entertainment venues.
Reports from the application go directly to the Department of Children and Youth that will respond with proper action. (TNA)