“The biggest problem is that the police don’t take action until child victims file reports, but children almost never report these crimes,” said Terre des Hommes activist Hans Guyt.
The group’s researchers were inundated with potential predators when went online with a highly lifelike, digitally-animated avatar named Sweetie.
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”.
Interpol now has information about alleged sex predators in 65 countries.
It only happened over the space of a few months whenever her dining room was free, but it was enough to be involved in the kind of pornographic conversations revealed by Channel 4 News.
A 'puppeteer' for Sweetie would enter a chat room, claiming to be a ten-year-old Philippine girl.
Some fighting messages reportedly have been seen on the website; we didn't observe any during the review of the app.
Users can report other users for rules violations by clicking on their avatars and tapping "report" under their profiles.
“In only 10 minutes we traced one thousand men from all over the world who were willing to pay Sweetie to perform sexual acts in front of the webcam,” he told the press conference at the Hague.
He added in a statement: “On public chat rooms, adult webcam sites, social networking sites, other sites, predators from wealthy countries are paying to watch in direct (live) children from the least developed countries perform live sex shows via webcam.
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