'Rica hampering efforts to detect child pornography'

African Risk Mitigation says child sexual abuse is higher in South Africa than any other African country.

FILE: Leading software developers say Rica legislation is hampering efforts to detect child pornography. Picture: iStock.

CAPE TOWN - Leading software developers say Rica legislation is hampering efforts to detect child pornography.

African Risk Mitigation's Lauren Wain says tech systems such as the NetClean Whitebox - created to block access to child porn sites - are ineffective as internet providers are prohibited from monitoring traffic due to Rica regulations.

Figures released by the Film and Publication Board reveal search engines get over 116,000 queries related to child pornography every day.

Wain adds amending legislation will go a long way to curb the online trade.

"ICT's are more than happy to get on board and use something like this provided that they have the legal backing because currently they don't have it because of Rica."

She says child sexual abuse is higher in South Africa than any other African country.

"On average each offender will commit up to 117 crimes. From the search engines they get about 116,000 requests a day for people looking for child sex material."