Sweetie looks and sounds like a young girl from the Philippines.”My name is Sweetie,” she says. “I’m 10 years old.”
There are thought to be hundreds of children like her in Southeast Asia, working in front of live Internet webcams, paid to perform sex acts for pedophiles.
But Sweetie isn’t real. She’s a digital puppet, designed by Hans Guijt and his colleagues at Terre des Hommes Netherlands, a child protection organization, to catch pedophiles.
“In the 10 weeks time that we were active on the Internet we were hit by more than 20,000 people, 20,000 men mainly, who were trying to get in contact with us to engage us in sexual activities,” Guijt told CBS News.
But Guijt added that many hardcore pedophiles can’t be so easily caught, because they’re using a separate, hidden Internet known as the dark net.