Despite global outrage about the phenomenon of webcam child sex tourism, perpetrators still have their way unpunished. Building on the successful approach with the virtual girl Sweetie, Terre des Hommes, supported by international specialists, is developing a new advanced method to solve the problem of worldwide webcam child sex structurally.
With Sweetie 2.0, Terre des Hommes and its partners, with the support of the Dutch Postcode Lottery and its participants, can prevent hundreds of thousands of children from becoming victim of this horrible form of sexual exploitation. After all, that is the main goal of Terre des Hommes: to let children grow up safely.
Deterring potential offenders is technically feasible, practically viable very urgent to address this rapidly growing phenomenon in an effective and efficient manner
Terre des Hommes Projectleader Hans Guijt
The figures are staggering: every single day hundreds of thousands of children are victim of webcam sex. The official estimate is that at any time of the day, over 750.000 men worldwide are looking for online sex with children in more than 40.000 public chat rooms.
In a joint action with national and international specialists, Terre des Hommes is working on an innovative software system that can be implemented worldwide to combat webcam sex with children. This software is aimed at identifying and deterring millions of potential offenders. The system will be entirely aligned with national and international frameworks for investigation and prosecution. At the same time, we carry out extensive research into the impact of this preventive approach.