The Sweetie Project, initiated by Dutch NGO Terre des Hommes, focuses on individuals paying to watch children being abused online. This live streaming of child sexual abuse, or webcam sex, is spreading like an epidemic, particularly in the Philippines, where thousands of children fall victim to this 21st century form of child sexual exploitation.
Applying avatars (digital images of children) and Artificial Intelligence, the Sweetie project seeks to intercept, identify and deter child sex abusers. In addition, an experienced Belgian investigative journalist, carries out undercover operations to infiltrate and interrupt the activities of organized gangs and pimps involved in these serious crimes against children. With the assistance of victims dozens of paying customers have now been identified, details of whom have been shared with law enforcement all over the world.
According to the journalist these arrests demonstrate not just the urgent need for civil participation in fighting these heinous crimes, but also the benefits.