Sweetie: how to stop Webcam Child Sex Tourism

A rapidly growing new form of online child sexual exploitation has emerged: Webcam Child Sex Tourism. The Terre des Hommes Netherlands project Sweetie was launched to tackle this situation. Sweetie, a virtual 10 year old Filipino girl, tracks down perpetrators.

A growing number of internet usage has also increased online child sexual exploitation. 750,000 predators are estimated to be connected to the web at any time. In the last 3 years 78 perpetrators worldwide have been arrested for engaging in Webcam Child Sex Tourism. The Terre des Hommes Netherlands project Sweetie was launched to tackle this situation. Sweetie, a virtual 10 year old Filipino girl, tracks down perpetrators.

A rapidly growing new form of online child sexual exploitation has emerged: Webcam Child Sex Tourism. This takes place where adults pay or offer rewards to children to perform sexual acts in front of a webcam. Tens of thousands of children in the Philippines are affected by this.

How Sweetie started

In 2013, using the virtual girl Sweetie, TdH researchers identified over 1000 offenders seeking webcam sex with children within two months. The following report served as a wake-up call worldwide and the UN placed the issue on their agenda. In the Philippines, internet dens exploiting children sexually were closed down and perpetrators faced prosecution based on the research handed over to law enforcement agencies. However, many perpetrators remained in the dark. 

Sweetie 2.0

To prevent the continuing phenomena of child webcam sex, Terre des Hommes has gone a step further: Sweetie 2.0 is a software being developed by a team of experts of the Universities Tilburg and Leiden. Sweetie detects, identifies and deters millions of potential offenders worldwide. The system will be aligned with national and international frameworks of investigation and prosecution.

Learn more about Sweetie 2.0

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Sweetie - Stop Webcam Child Sex Tourism