Terre des Hommes director of projects Hans Guyt stands in front of a wall plastered with pictures of the men who the group says tried to pay to see a fake 10-year-old girl perform sex acts over the internet.
(Peter Dejong/Associated Press)"We were swamped by men looking for contact, looking for sexual activities with us," Guyt said.
They discovered that sex tourists no longer have to leave their homes to exploit children, thanks to the proliferation of high-speed internet connections, Guyt said.
He said child prostitutes, and in some cases children forced by their own impoverished parents, offer to perform sex acts online in return for money.
In an online sting operated from an anonymous warehouse office in an Amsterdam industrial park, Terre des Hommes set out to gauge the scale of a fast-growing internet phenomenon the group calls webcam child sex tourism.
The result was shocking, the group's director of projects, Has Guyt, told The Associated Press on Monday at the tiny office where Terre des Hommes used the 3D digital animated girl they dubbed Sweetie to unmask 1,000 internet users they say wanted to pay to watch a child engage in sex acts via webcam."If we don't intervene soon, this sinister phenomenon will totally run out of control," Guyt said as he stood in front of a wall plastered with the pixelated faces of adults duped by Sweetie.
The group did not identify any of them to media but passed the results of its investigation to Interpol.
Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. We reserve the right to close comments at any time. Video - in English (using "body language") on the background music of Mozart, is very suitable for employment with the kids for whom English is the second yazykom.1. A computer-generated image of Sweetie, a made up 10-year-old girl from the Philippines who was created by the human rights organization Terre des Hommes in order to catch child predators.He said webcam sex with minors — which usually involves men from wealthy Western countries paying children from impoverished countries for sex shows — is still "a cottage industry" and needs to be stamped out now."It's still not too late," Guyt said."Our worst scenario is that the same thing will happen with this as has happened with child pornography — that is now a multibillion-dollar industry in the hands of criminal gangs."Terre des Hommes has posted a documentary about its 10-week investigation on You Tube and begun a petition aimed at pressing police and politicians to do more to halt such illegal sex shows."We do not need more laws ...During a demonstration for AP early Monday, one of the researchers logged into a public chat room as Sweetie — identifying himself by her purported age, gender and country of origin.