Web cam caught sex
Web cam caught sex
But for those who needed a little extra convincing, “Sweetie” proved remarkably effective.
After the men (all but one of the identified predators were male) agreed to pay the child, the conversations were dropped.
But researchers used the time spent negotiating over price to fish for information about their target, compiling a dossier of the kind of easily searchable, legally available public information that the internet has made freely accessible to the world.
In the vast majority of cases, “Sweetie” never actually appeared on screen; all negotiations were made within the chat room.
“The findings of our research suggest that the risk perception among predators seeking [webcam child sex tourism] is incredibly low,” the researchers stated in their report.
“Predators seem to believe that online chat rooms are lawless spaces on which they can abuse children with impunity.” The transcripts provided by Terre des Hommes are tough reading.
One 40-year-old American man using the handle “Candy man” began his chat with “Sweetie” by asking her age, sex, and location, using the common chat code “asl.” “Sweetie” told the man her mother wasn’t there, but she would take her clothes off on camera for money.
The man agreed to a price of for 10 minutes of video.
The biggest problem is that the police don’t take action until child victims file reports, but children almost never report these crimes.” Guyt explained, “These children are usually forced to do this by adults or by extreme poverty.
Sometimes they have to testify against their own family, which is almost an impossible thing to do for a child.” Guyt says he hopes Terre des Hommes’ work with “Sweetie” will serve as a model for law enforcement agencies worldwide to begin dealing with the problem of webcam child sex tourism.
Others are simply poor enough and desperate enough to agree to abuse themselves or be abused by others on camera in exchange for a few dollars that might help meet their struggling families’ needs. “If we don’t intervene soon, this sinister phenomenon will totally run out of control,” Has Guyt, the group’s spokesman, told the Associated Press. The alleged predators were identified using a combination of personal information they willingly offered researchers posing as “Sweetie” during the course of their chats, and freely available information researchers were subsequently able to find online, such as social media accounts and discussion forum postings.
But the researchers said the 1,000 people whose identities were uncovered and turned over to authorities represent only a fraction of those who attempted to solicit “Sweetie” for sex acts on video.
Her screenname is “10 f Philippines,” a reference to her age, sex, and location.