Saint Lucia is exploring the possibility of setting up a cyber crime laboratory, National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis has disclosed.
Francis made the comments during a pre-cabinet interview with reporters on Monday while expressing concern about the proliferation of youth sex videos on social media.
“This is very, very distressing,” the minister said.
He recalled having indicated that he had been in contact with the Minister of Justice in Jamaica who will be sending a team here to look at a cyber crime lab.
Francis explained that Jamaica has a very good cyber crime lab.
“IMPACS has decided that we are going to do courses; RSS has decided that we are going to do courses; but I don’t think that I can wait based on the proliferation of what we have been seeing. As soon as the budget is passed, Jamaica is going to be sending a team down here to look at how we can implement our cyber crime lab,” the former Deputy Police Commissioner told reporters.
He spoke of a breakdown of family values.
“Persons sometimes talk about crime and we talk about people not working and all these sort of things, but the family is the structure,” the minister declared.
“As long as you do not have a strong family structure, these things are going to happen,” Francis asserted.
He recalled that in the days when he and his brothers were growing up in Marchand and Conway, areas which persons would describe as very depressed communities, the adults ensured that the youngsters stayed in line by correcting them.
“You did not dare go and tell your mom that you were corrected because you would be corrected a second time,” Francis stated.
“Now that does not happen. If you correct a child on the streets, you had better be careful that the mother or father does not come back at you,” he said.