Filipina “girl” used to find pedophiles online

By CNN

Nov. 7, 2013

(CNN) – When she logs online to internet chat rooms, Sweetie is bombarded by requests.

“My name is Sweetie, I’m ten years old,” Sweetie said. “I live in the Philippines. Every day I have to sit in front of the webcam and talk to men. The men ask me to take off my clothes. They undress.”
Men from all over the world up to five times her age ask her to perform sexual acts in front of her webcam.

“As soon as I go online, they come to me,” she said. “Ten, 100, every hour. So many.”

But Sweetie also has a secret.

“But what they don’t know: I’m not real. I’m a computer model, made piece by piece to track down the men who do this,” she said.

She’s the creation of Dutch NGO Terre des Hommes.

They use her avatar to pose on internet chat rooms, baiting men who go online to prey on young children.

In ten weeks, the charity says some 20,000 men contacted Sweetie with 1,000 offering her money for explicit acts. A number, the charity’s director says illustrates the demand.

“With the extension of the internet, with decreasing prices of the internet, it will get more and more accessible, not just for the western part of this globe but also for the developing world, which means there will be more victims, there will be more children exposed to this phenomenon,” Terre des Hommes director Hans Guijt said.

The charity has launched a campaign to end so-called “web cam tourism” where men go online to pay children from developing countries to perform sex acts.

“We have shifted our attention to the demand side if nothing is done about the source of this problem, this phenomenon will only increase even further,” Guijt said.

The charity has given the identities of the one thousand men who offered Sweetie money to authorities.

While Sweetie’s true identity is now known, it’s hoped she’ll still act as a deterrent; the project serving as a warning to predators that they can also become prey.

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