This can start a cycle of abuse with offenders making increasing demands for the children to appear on webcam and perform sexual acts.In some cases they have been forced to physically hurt themselves or involve other children.They might pretend to be the same age as the child, flirting with them and asking them to engage in sexual acts.In some cases they will use information which the young person has shared, for example personal problems or family difficulties, as leverage to get the young person to go on webcam or share a sexual image.She’s actually a sophisticated computer model, “living” on a hard drive in Amsterdam, designed to track down and expose the men and women who seek to exploit children online. During a 10-week period between April and June, Terre des Hommes reported that a shocking 20,000 people “made approaches to the virtual girl,” despite her young age.The organization was able to identify 1,000 predators, hailing from 71 different countries, who offered to pay Sweetie to perform sex acts over a video chat.
They might do this by grooming the child, building a relationship with them in which the child feels love or a sense of obligation to the offender.
Their personal information was then compiled into a “dossier” and shared with Interpol.
“Terre des Homme researchers hunkered in an Amsterdam warehouse, turned on a Webcam, and using software, controlled the CG girl's conversation, facial expressions, and movements,” said .
“If we were able to identify 1,000 individuals in just two and a half months last summer, think how many of these people could be identified if governments took a more active approach,” Albert Jaap Van Santbrink, Terre de Homme’s director, told .
“The perpetrators think they are invisible, but we proved that they are anything but.” Although more than 20,000 people attempted to solicit Sweetie, her creators pointed out that only six WCST predators have ever been convicted of a crime.