But as journalist Stacey Dooley found out during the latest instalment of her series about the most dangerous places for girls to live, this was easier said than done. But most shocking of all was the number of prosecutions – between six and eight.
Of the 20,000 paedophiles who contacted Sweetie, her creators were able to trace the names and addresses of 1,000 of them. As Stacey soon learned, saving girls from being abused is no easy task.
What they didn't know was that Sweetie wasn't real.
A computer model, she was created in a bid to catch the perpetrators of such sickening crimes.
Sadly, she was offered little in the way of answers.
Saving the Cyber Sex Girls was a harrowing hour-long programme that every teenager in the UK should watch.
For while it is rare for girls to be rescued, it is even rarer for their abusers to be brought to justice.
When she learned of a mother who had sold her own daughter's body over the internet, Stacey visited her in prison to confront her.Two years ago, the profile of a 10-year-old Filipino girl called Sweetie appeared online.In less than two months, the little girl was contacted by more 20,000 predators from all over the world who wanted her to perform sexual acts over a webcam in exchange for money.As a woman, it made me grateful for the rights I so often take for granted – education perhaps being the most important.A boom in cheap internet access has opened up a whole generation to potential abuse and even sites considered relatively safe, such as Facebook, have become a global grooming ground.
With poverty still rife in much of the country, many young women view cyber sex as an “easy” option.