Police raid a well-known tourist hotel in Kathmandu after tip-off from Project Watch researchers and finds suspect with 5 children under 14 in bedroom.
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The Save Sweetie Now team of researchers played a significant role in the apprehension of a travelling child abuser who was selling video footage online of himself having sex with a 13 year old girl in the Philippines.
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An Australian national was arrested at a Philippine airport after Facebook monitors spotted pornographic images of a 13 year old girl on his account and alerted authorities in the US and Australia.
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Over one tenth of the Filipino population are migrant workers, leaving behind children in the care of others. Many of these children are at risk of being used to feed the demand for online webcam child sex abuse.
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A child sexual exploitation expert at Interpol argues that all companies from large to small should routinely scan their computer networks for child abuse material, just as they do for malware and spam. Some, such as Google, Facebook and Ericsson, do it already as an example of good corporate practice.
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A leading child welfare expert says that we should not be tempted to apply stereotypes to victims of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). It can happen in all areas of society and we need to be alert to it.
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An article in DW (Deutsche Welle, a German international broadcaster) details the “booming cybersex industry” in the Philippines and includes a video report from there on the work of one foundation (PREDA) trying to help child victims of it.
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BBC reporter Angus Crawford, who travelled to the Philippines 2 years ago when the “Sweetie” story first hit the headlines in 2013, reflects on the facts surrounding the recent arrest of a British man, Trevor Monk. Monk first used live streaming from his home in the UK to pay children in the Philippines for webcam sex and then later travelled there himself to abuse children thus establishing a link between “watching” abusive images and actually committing the crime in person.
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An article in The Guardian online states that although tracking payments with the help of Visa and Paypal has helped catch paedophiles on the internet, many are now turning to “anonymous technologies” such as Bitcoin and the dark net to continue abusing children. The report calls on financial institutions to do more. .
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As worldwide attention on online sexual exploitation of children snowballs, the Sweetie campaign in the Philippines also intensifies. In 2013, Terre des Hommes Netherlands unveiled Sweetie, a virtual 10-year-old Filipina girl with a very distinct task of identifying pedophiles around the globe in selected public chatroom.
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The Dutch police need greater powers when investigating paedophiles according to Hans Guijt, head of special projects at Terre des Hommes. The appeal is prompted by the closing down of a global child pornography network which resulted in an Australian and a Dutch national being sentenced.
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Terre des Hommes once again won an award for Sweetie. The computer-generated 10-year-old girl received an Accenture Innovation Award, which is annually presented to companies and organisations that perform outstandingly in the area of innovation and sustainability. Sweetie took home the award in the Safe & Secure Society category.
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