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'Sweetie' virtual 10-year-old traps 20,000 online sex predators

By Lesley Lanir     Nov 5, 2013 in Crime
Amsterdam - Investigators from Terre des Hommes have used a computer program simulating a 10-year-old girl to catch thousand of men surfing the internet looking for sex with underage girls and engaging in a new phenomenon known as webcam child sex tourism.
Campaign group Terre des Hommes, in an effort to 'stop webcam child sex tourism,' has conducted an online sting operation catching thousands of pedophiles trying to solicit a fictitious computer-generated 10-year-old Filipino girl known as 'Sweetie'. The organisation say that online sex is a new phenomenon and internet predators pay for and are taking part in ‘webcam child sex abuse.’
One of the investigators reporting on the above video says that the moment that it is mentioned that a girl is a 10-year-old from the Philippines, the men swarm onto the internet. He continues to explain that the number of men attempting to access the video is overwhelming and the computer cannot cope with the demand. Once they access the video, they virtually rape the young girl and go back to work.
Whilst these predators are online with Sweetie, Terre des Hommes traces their details using bits of information gathered from chat conversations with the virtual 10-year-old.
The Independent and Al Jazeera also report on this particular Terre des Hommes operation.
The information TerredesHomme has collected was passed over to Interpol on November 4.
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