Terre des Hommes has urged authorities to tackle what it says is the growing problem of minors being coaxed into performing sexual acts in front of a webcam, and said it would provide them with the technology it had developed.
It called on authorities to be more proactive in tackling the problem of chatroom sex with minors, saying it would otherwise grow to rival the multi-billion child pornography industry in scale.
“Sweetie” attracted the attention of 1,000 men across the world – including 110 Britons – over a period of two months, all of whom offered her money. But Sweetie is the creation of Terre des Hommes, an international children’s charity, which used the avatar to highlight to plight of children in developing countries The video footage of the child predators who contacted her and offered money, was handed over to the police authorities after the “experiment”.
Her chat partners thought they were talking to a Filipino minor, but in fact they were communicating with a team in a warehouse in the Dutch capital Amsterdam, who were recording everything and looking for clues to their identity.
Albert Jaap Santbrink, executive director and activist from Terre des Hommes (featured in video above), said he had major concerns over what he called “webcam child sex tourism”, saying many of the children involved were as young as six years old.