Sweetie, the virtual, 10-year-old Filippino girl who uncovered online child sex abusers, became world news. Terre des Hommes put the phenomenon of webcam sex with children on the global map. The United Nations Commission on Human Rights placed this new type of child exploitation on the agenda. Just placing it on the agenda, however, is not enough.
If it were up to the Dutch House of Representatives, the Dutch police will soon be able to deploy virtual children like ‘Sweetie’ to track down online child sex abusers and bring them to justice. Thanks to intensive lobbying by Terre des Hommes, a majority of the Dutch House of Representatives approved this in December 2016. Some countries already offer more opportunities to deploy detection methods like Sweetie.
Together with Google we train the Thai police how to track down online child sex tourists and together with British oil company Tullow Oil we put an end to child prostitution in the north of Kenya, but we also work with local companies like hotels, bars or tuk-tuk drivers. Over 500 large and small companies have joined us to stop sexual exploitation of children.