In June and July of 2017, the Sweetie project held several meetings in Manila to present the Sweetie 2.0 software to a large variety of government agencies in the Philippines. The National Police (PNP), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) participated in training sessions and workshops and demonstrated a great interest in the system which is designed to intercept, identify and deter individuals who use the internet to sexually abuse children.
Both the PNP and DOJ are presently involved in a pilot project to explore the workings and potential of Sweetie 2.0 and are keen to adopt the software as a pro-active approach to curb the ever-growing demand for webcam sex with children, a phenomenon especially prevalent in the Philippines.
Dutch National Postal Code Lottery
The Sweetie 2.0 chatbot is being developed with the support of the Dutch National Postal Code Lottery. The chatbot can track child abusers online in many chat rooms at the same time. They receive a warning. Should child abusers, in spite of this, return, they end up in a separate database. This way Sweetie 2.0 will deter perpetrators and thwart the demand side. Because as long as there is a demand, there will be a supply.