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The ten-year-old girl called ‘Sweetie’ who has caught more than a THOUSAND sexual predators including 110 Britons

November 7, 2013

The character of Sweetie was created as webcam sex with minors usually involves men from Western countries paying children from impoverished countries, such as the Philippines, for sex shows

Dutch chapter of children’s rights group Terre des Hommes created 10-year-old girl and posed as her in internet chatrooms
Researchers were approached by 20,000 predators from 71 countries and they have identified 1,000 of these and given their identities to Interpol
Of these 1,000 a hundred came from Britain and 254 from the United States

More than 100 Britons were among 1,000 sexual predators identified by a Dutch organisation for children’s rights, which created a computer-generated Filipino girl named ‘Sweetie’ to entice them to ask for child porn.

The Dutch chapter of the group Terre des Hommes created the 10-year-old girl and then posed as her on internet chat rooms to conduct a sting operation to unmask webcam child-sex tourists.

For two-and-a-half months during the spring, the researchers pretended to be the girl while working undercover in a warehouse in an industrial part of Amsterdam – and the results were instant.

They were quickly approached by more than 20,000 predators from 71 countries, and on Monday, they gave the identities of 1,000 of these allegedly predators to Interpol. Of these, 254 came from the U.S. and 110 from Britain.

‘The moment we got online, we were swamped, like an avalanche,’ TDH special projects director Hans Guyt said in a webcast from the Hague, the Globe and Mail reported.

‘If we don’t intervene soon, this sinister phenomenon will totally run out of control,’ he added.

He said webcam sex with minors – which usually involves men from Western countries paying children from impoverished countries for sex shows – is still ‘a cottage industry’ and need to be stopped.

‘It’s still not too late,’ Guyt said. ‘Our worst scenario is that the same thing will happen with this as has happened with child pornography – that is now a multi-billion dollar industry in the hands of criminal gangs.’

Terre des Hommes has posted a documentary about its 10-week investigation on YouTube and begun a petition aimed at pressing police and politicians to do more to halt such illegal sex shows.

‘We do not need more laws… present legislation is suitable and more than enough to cover these acts,’ Guyt said as he called for a ‘novel approach’ to policing the problem.

Terre des Hommes’ novel approach involved using Sweetie as an online disguise for a group of researchers who then chatted to potential clients online.

‘We were swamped by men looking for contact, looking for sexual activities with us,’ Guyt said.

During a demonstration for AP on Monday, one of the researchers logged into a public chat room as Sweetie – identifying himself by her purported age, gender and country of origin.

Seconds later, multiple pop-up dialogue boxes began appearing on his screen from people using pseudonyms and soliciting a girl who had clearly identified herself as 10 years old.

One chat between the researcher identifying himself as Sweetie and one of the online users started with Sweetie asking: ‘What you want see?’

The user responded: ‘U.’

Sweetie replied: ‘What u pay for?’

And the user added: ‘Naked.’

As the conversation progressed, they agreed a $20 fee to be paid by a wire transfer and Sweetie asked for the person’s Skype address, but took the chat no further.

Guyt said Terre des Hommes, using basic research techniques and not hacking, was able to identify 1,000 adults from 71 countries who solicited Sweetie.

The group did not identify any of them to media, but passed the results of its investigation to Interpol.

The top country of origin for the adults identified was the United States with 254, followed by Britain with 110 and India with 103.

It remains to be seen if any of the people identified will be prosecuted, but the research demonstrated that it is relatively easy to find and identify such adults.

Terre des Hommes has for years worked to combat child prostitution in Southeast Asia and staff members noticed in recent years that young prostitutes were disappearing from their usual haunts: cafes, restaurants and hotels frequented by sex tourists.

They discovered that sex tourists no longer have to leave their homes to exploit children, thanks to the proliferation of high-speed Internet connections, Guyt said.

He said child prostitutes, and in some cases children forced by their own impoverished parents, offer to perform sex acts online in return for money.

Once payment has been received, often via an online money transfer service, they will perform in front of a webcam with the images sent via a private chat room.

Executive Director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, told a meeting in September in Vienna that, ‘the digital age has exacerbated the problem and created more vulnerability to children’.

Terre des Hommes now wants to bring that message to a wider audience, using the Internet to spread the word.

‘We have to make sure the world community understands the scale and nature of this phenomenon,’ Guyt said.

AP

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