Sweetie 2.0 nominated for prestigious law enforcement award

Sweetie 2.0, the software that allows to track down, identify and deter customers of online webcam sex shows with children, has been nominated for the 2017 Mr. Gonsalves prize. The prize is awarded every two years to individuals or organisations that have made a significant contribution to the renewal of law enforcement within the Netherlands.

Sexual exploitation

This year, the Mr. Gonsalves prize focuses on good practices to counter cybercrime. For the selection of nominees, the jury has taken into account the proven effect of the projects concerned, the strong link with police practice and law enforcement, and the collaboration between the various stakeholders.

Webscroller against trafficking of human beings

In addition to Terre des Hommes’ Sweetie 2.0 project, the nominees include the company Web IQ and the Gravesac project by the Dutch police. Web IQ developed the Voyager One web scroller, which enables the detection of cases of illegal prostitution, exploitation and human trafficking by using information from the Internet.

Darkweb problems

The Gravesac detection project by the National Criminal Intelligence Unit of the National Police Services Agency and the National Public Prosecutor’s Office is the third nominee. For this project different police forces worked together towards solving the problems of the so-called Dark web head-on. This summer, the police were able to arrest several dealers by taking over Hansa Market, an illegal marketplace that facilitated large-scale drug trading, and by keeping it up and running for a while. The FBI was also closely involved in this activity.

ProDemos

The prize is initiated by ProDemos, House for Democracy and the Rule of Law (www.prodemos.nl/english). The Minister of Justice and Security F. Grapperhaus will present the award on Monday, 13 November in The Hague.

‘Sweetie 2.0: stop webcam child sex’

The project ‘Sweetie 2.0: stop webcam child sex’ was initiated following the 2013 ‘Sweetie Project’. By using a computer animation of a10-year- old Philippine girl, Terre des Hommes was able to identify thousands of online predators from over seventy different countries in the space of just ten weeks. The files have been handed over to Europol and in various countries people in the possession of child pornography were arrested. Special software, Sweetie 2.0, was developed to intervene before serious forms of crimes were committed against children and to track down and identify potential perpetrators and deter them with a warning signal. This allows tackling the demand site in the fight against webcam sex with children. Sweetie 2.0 is supported by the Dutch Postcode Lottery.

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