Virtual 10-year-old filipina exposes over 1,000 online pedophiles.“They were ready to pay Sweetie for sexual acts in front of her webcam," This was revealed to the media in The Hague by Albert Jaap van Santbrink, the head of a Dutch rights organization called Terre des Hommes Netherlands.
Santbrink was alluding to the over 1,000 pedophiles worldwide who were willing to pay Sweetie, the computer-generated 10-year-old 'Filipina girl,' for some internet sex; an increasing trend. 'Sweetie' was constructed as a booby trap by Terre des Hommes and was launched in chat rooms from a faraway building in Amsterdam to complete the effects.
Their mission was to apprehend kid 'predators' who 'feed on the young'. Those predators thought they were communicating online with a 10-year-old girl named 'Sweetie' from the Philippines, not realizing they were conversing with an 'extremely realistic-looking computer-generated child.'
While the predators were chatting with Sweetie, researchers were gathering vital information on her customers, not by hacking, but through the information that they themselves provided. Using the same processes as the police, the organization was able to trace the identity of the criminals using social media. Over 20,000 predators from 71 countries targeted Sweetie for online sex performances via webcam in just 10 weeks, and over 1,000 were identified.
According to the rights group, they did not approach anyone on the Internet, but rather waited for individuals to approach Sweetie and request sex acts. When someone offers money, the project's backers promptly shut down the chat. Campaigns director Hans Guyt stated:
The biggest problem is that the police don’t take action until child victims file reports, but children almost never report these crimes.
According to Santbrink, people who used internet sex included "fathers, singers, and architects" from all over the world, including "America, Europe, but also nations like India, Japan, and Korea."
Last Monday, the children's rights organization turned over to the International Police Organization the information and video footage they had gathered from their interactions with those eager to pay youngsters for internet sex (Interpol).
It would have been easy with greater resources to identify 10,000 people,” Guyt said. “But OK, we are not prosecutors, we are not judges, it will be for them to decide what to do with the elements we gave them.
The encounter was alarming for a researcher specializing in predator capture. He said:
To put yourself in the shoes of a 10-year-old Filipina girl and seeing what some men want from you has been a shocking experience for them. Some demands and acts were really obscene.
Sweetie says in a short video documentary about the group's "Stop Webcam Child Sex Tourism - the Online Campaign":
As soon as I go online, they come to me. Ten, hundred, every hour. So many. But what they don’t know; I’m not real.
The Terres des Hommes campaign team hopes to "highlight how undisturbed child predators can act, but also how easy it is to track them down," by putting herself in the shoes of a 10-year-old Philippine girl. Terre des Hommes has developed an online petition with Avaaz.org to pressure countries to adopt proactive inquiry measures that would safeguard children from webcam child sex tourism.
The rights organization wants police all over the world to "have a mandate to actively patrol chat rooms where abuse is taking place." "These child predators now believe that the law does not apply to them. "The Internet is free, but it is not lawless," Guyt explained.
According to the UN and the FBI, there are over 750,000 child predators online at any given time. Unfortunately, just six persons have been convicted of indulging in webcam kid sex tourism around the world.
Virtual 10-year-old filipina exposes over 1,000 online pedophiles. The girl's actions shed light on the alarming prevalence of online sexual exploitation of children in the Philippines and around the world. The story of this young girl's bravery highlights the need for greater awareness and action against the online sexual exploitation of children.
It is essential to recognize that this is not just a problem in the Philippines, but a global issue that demands a collective effort to eradicate. Technology companies, governments, and individuals all have a role to play in ensuring the safety and protection of children online.
It is also crucial to remember that behind the staggering statistics of this issue, there are real children who are being exploited and harmed. We must work together to ensure that they are protected and supported in their recovery. The actions of this young Filipina remind us of the power of individual courage and determination to make a positive impact on the world.