The rights group said they used the same procedures as the police.
AP THE HAGUE—A Dutch rights group said Monday it had identified over 1,000 pedophiles around the world by offering online sex with a computer-generated 10-year-old Filipina girl called Sweetie.
Terre des Hommes Netherlands has now handed over to police the identities of those who were willing to pay children in developing countries for online sex, a growing phenomenon, it said.
In one exchange, a man named “Older4young”, identified as a 35-year-old father of two from Atlanta in the United States, asks Sweetie to undress for . Using this information, researchers identified the abusers and passed the information on to police.
“The biggest problem is that the police don’t take action until child victims file reports, but children almost never report these crimes,” said head of campaigns Hans Guyt.
The effect of the 10-week investigation was shocking, said Guyt.
The men involved were “fathers, musicians, an architect”, Santbrink told AFP.
They “come from all over the world, from America, Europe, but also from countries like India, Japan, Korea”, said Guyt.
Hans Guyt, project director of Terre des Hommes, answers questions of reporters in front of a wall plastered with pictures of men suspected of soliciting a fake underage girl in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Monday Nov. The Dutch children’s rights organization is warning of an epidemic of children being paid to perform sexual acts via webcams and urging police around the world to crack down on the sinister practice.
The organization set up a room in an anonymous industrial neighborhood of Amsterdam and created Sweetie, a strikingly realistic computer-generated animation intended to look like a 10-year-old Filipino girl.
Sweetie was created by the child rights group and deployed in Internet chat rooms from a remote building in Amsterdam.
Within a 10-week period, over 20,000 predators from 71 countries approached Sweetie, asking for webcam sex performances. While they were chatting with the “girl”, researchers gathered information about her customers through social media.