12:40 am - Monday May 1, 2017

Meet ‘Sweetie’, a virtual girl

This is Sweetie, a virtual girl created in order to nab potential child predator. Initiated by a Dutch child-rights organization, Terre des Homme, Sweetie is a computer-generated 10 year-old girl created in an attempt to nab adults who were willing to pay for a child’s webcam sex performance.

Sweetie first interacted with the potential predators in public chat rooms. In order to create a sense of realism, the researchers of the model utilized the alter ego of a preteen Filipino girl. This in return, allowed the authorities to identity real child predators.

Over the course of 2.5 months of the online-stint, Terre des Homme managed to identify more than 1000 adults from 71 countries who were willing to pay for sexual performances by children.

Terre de Homme says Webcam sex with minors is a phenomenon that is increasing rapidly as access to Internet in developing countries cheaper.  According to sources, this practice generally involves men from wealthy Western countries paying children from poor countries for online sex shows.

This new form of child exploitation is indeed saddening and gut-wrenching.

Part of a May 2013 chat between a Spanish man and a researcher posing as a 10-year old girl in a public chat room. (Credit: Terre des Hommes)

Part of a May 2013 chat between a Spanish man and a researcher posing as a 10-year old girl in a public chat room.
(Credit: Terre des Hommes)

Terre des Homme director of projects, Hans Guyt, concluded that if there are no interventions, this sinister phenomenon will totally run out of control resulting in child abuse taking place everyday. He  added the Internet is free but it is not lawless.

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