“It’s frightening to see that these people think that the Internet is a completely lawless space,” said one of the researchers for the group, who identified himself only as Peter for fear of reprisals. In all, 20,172 adults offered to pay between and 0 using untraceable prepaid credit cards to have “Sweetie” perform a sex show via webcam — despite being told at least twice that she was only 10.
“The most shocking part of this — aside from the horrific child-abuse material that we were sometimes sent — was just the fact that it was so easy to catch these people. “It was so clear that these people were after 10-year-old children,” Peter said.
They have zero risk perception.” Detailed identification information — including names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses — was now in the hands of Interpol for passing on to national law-enforcement authorities to investigate, Peter told The Canadian Press from Amsterdam. “Some men would say, ‘I’ll pay you 0 to see you and your six-year-old sister have sex’.” Exploited children suffer from depression, anxiety and aggression and have no idea about normal relationships and sexuality, Terres des Hommes said. The group said it knew of only six convictions for such abuse.
Canada’s Criminal Code prohibits accessing child pornography and child prostitution, so the law should be adequate for prosecution, the group said. One occurred in June in Canada, when a 62-year-old man from North Saanich, B.
“It hasn’t yet hardened into a criminal industry,” Peter said.
“If police stop it now, then maybe we will be able to curb this practice.” The group has posted a documentary about its investigation on You Tube — youtube.com/sweetie — and begun a petition aimed at pressing authorities and politicians to do more to halt such illegal sex shows.
“The idea that police are on top of this kind of child abuse is just an illusion,” Peter said. They don’t even really try to hide their identities.” Webcam child-sex tourism is distinct from child pornography and human trafficking, which have become hardened industries controlled by international criminal syndicates, Peter said.
However, the preying in on children in other countries via webcam is still a relatively new phenomenon involving individuals and sometimes families, he said.