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11/6/2013 (1 year ago)

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At least 1,000 would-be sex offenders snared by phony ad

A Dutch rights group said Monday it had identified over one thousand pedophiles from around the world have been identified a Dutch rights group. The monsters were lured out of hiding by an online ad offering sex with a computer-generated 10-year-old Filipino girl called "Sweetie." The identities of these men were compiled by Terre des Hommes Netherlands, who then turned them the list over to authorities. These men were apparently willing to pay children in developing countries for online sex, a growing phenomenon, a spokesman said.

Monsters were lured out of hiding by an online ad offering sex with a computer-generated 10-year-old Filipino girl called 'Sweetie.'

Monsters were lured out of hiding by an online ad offering sex with a computer-generated 10-year-old Filipino girl called "Sweetie."

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/6/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Pedophiles, web cam, Filipino girl, virtual, list


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "They were ready to pay Sweetie for sexual acts in front of her web cam," the group's leader Albert Jaap van Santbrink told reporters.

The group wished to raise awareness about a largely unknown but quickly spreading new form of child exploitation that has tens of thousands of victims in the Philippines, known as "web cam child sex tourism."

Sweetie was created by the group and deployed in Internet chat rooms from a remote building in Amsterdam. Over the course of 10 weeks, over 20,000 predators from 71 countries approached Sweetie, asking for web cam sex performances.

A man named "Older4young", was later identified as a 35-year-old father of two from Atlanta in the United States. He asked Sweetie to undress for $10. "Turn on your cam. I'm horny," the father wrote.

During the online chat with the "girl," researchers gathered information about her customers through social media. Researchers then 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," head of campaigns Hans Guyt says.

Some of the men who contacted Sweetie were "fathers, musicians, an architect," Santbrink says.

They "come from all over the world, from America, Europe, but also from countries like India, Japan, Korea," Guyt says.

The rights group said they used the same procedures as the police.

"But OK, we are not prosecutors, we are not judges, it will be for them to decide what to do with the elements we gave them," Guyt said.

A harrowing experience, "To put yourself in the shoes of a 10-year-old Filipino girl and seeing what some men want from you has been a shocking experience for them," he said. "Some demands and acts were really obscene."

Terre des Hommes said that they did not approach anyone on the Internet but instead waited for people to approach Sweetie and ask for sex acts. The group stopped the conversation as soon as someone offered Sweetie money for sex acts.

"It is obvious that we did not show these people any sexual acts, we stopped before that," Van Santbrink said.

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