20,000 adults wanted to abuse this little girl, but look what she had prepared for them…
Child abuse is a serious violation of their rights. However, it’s still a reality of many countries and social groups around the whole world. It takes different forms of abuse and may happen at home, school, workplace, institutions and places dedicated for travel and tourism, or within different communities.
Apart from the above, easy access to mobile phones and Internet also puts children at risk of abuse, since there are many adults using Internet to find intimate relations with children. There's also an observable increase in the circulation of images proving abusive acts on children. Unfortunately, quite often kids themselves send inappropriate for their age content through their mobiles. This fact also puts them in danger of experience various types of abuse.
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But fortunately actions have also been taken to track down all people that use this type of content through the Internet. It was all thanks to a great idea promoted a few years ago by the employees of a Dutch organization for children rights "Terre des Hommes".
It was in 2013 when the Dutch NGO “Terre des Hommes” raised the alarm about the worrying increase of child abuse on the Internet. In order to demonstrate and present the size of such activity, when the abusers attract poor children with money, the organization created a virtual image of 10 year old Philippine girl.
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The child was created with advanced animation techniques that capture the movement and the voice of a real person. That was later incorporated into an image on the screen. In 10 weeks, “Sweetie”, as it was the name of the girl, attracted on the Internet 20,000 adults willing to abuse her. The Dutch organization claimed that they were able to track thousands of men of 71 different nationalities, referring to their Interpol data.
However the girl wasn't a real bait and because of that reason police weren't able to act against those possible child molesters. "Terre des Hommes" was aware of it and said that their main goal was to prove 2 things: the problem of child abuse may surpass multimillionaire business of child content on the web, and that the offenders always leave a trace on the Internet. In fact, the Dutch organization was able to localize "Sweetie" interlocutors without even hacking their computers.
“According to FBI and the UN, every time a computer is switched on, there are more than 750,000 possible children predators. They're in the Internet cafés or on Facebook, and they ask children till the age of 6 to do terrible things for money. The Philippines are one of the most affected countries and that’s why "Sweetie" seems to originate from that country”, said Hans Guyt, Campaign Manager in "Terres des Hommes" in Holland.
It’s impossible to find a difference between the virtual girl and a real one. In order to make adults think that they were talking to a real girl, one of the investigators from the organization played as "Sweetie", whereas another searched on the Internet for the digital addresses of the speakers.
“We don’t need new laws for this crime. It’s a matter of approach. Until the date, there were only six convictions for child cyber-tourism (in the USA, Austria, Canada, Sweden, UK and the Netherlands). We wanted to show that it’s easier to locate the criminal than it seems.
"It’s just a matter of changing the way of investigating and that the authorities are willing to do so. Adults pay different services and store information, or pictures, that share with other people. Their e-mail address, Skype… everything can be found" ensures Guyt. He also considered the long-term effects of this type of abuse. It also disrupts the capacity of children to keep healthy relationships with other people in their future life.
“The main problem is poverty. A lot of victims are forced by their parents to stand in front of the computer for the abuser in order to earn money. Those families and children need help”, points out the psychologists Guusje Havenaar. "Terre des Hommes" has been founded in 1965 in the Netherlands and supports more than 250 projects aimed at education, health and sustainability in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
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