Stop Webcam Child Sex Tourism – Sweetie

Credit: Video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET

Credit: Video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET

I am pretty sure a lot of you have come across a more or less viral video about a 10 year old Philippino girl by the name of Sweetie. She is not a real girl, she is created from the advanced technology of our world today; used to trick and catch pedophiles from all around the world IN THE ACT of pedophilia and child exploitation! This is of course a wonderful and genius idea! According to the video that I will eventually be linking to this post, hundreds of thousands (750 000) of pedophiles are online at any given moment! However, only 6 have been caught… While Sweetie is talking to the pedophile, the Terre Des Homme is tracking the predator using pieces of information provided through the chat. The predators often think they’re safe because they’re hiding behind a computer and using fake information for their accounts. However, they are able to use google, facebook, and other social media to track them down! They’ve managed to catch 1 000 by November 4, 2013! This video was made to bring awareness to this growing problem and to provide a solution for it. At the end of the video, it asks you to sign a petition to help create new policies and laws around the world to stop pedophilia.

My Thoughts

I love this idea. I think the world needs to be aware, but I feel like there could have been some things left out of the video. I saw this video on facebook, the Chinese News, and various other sites linking to it. I have labelled this video – viral. When a video goes viral, we all know what that means. Everyone has seen or heard about the video and its contents. Now that they’ve made a video of their successful “Sweetie” and publicized that they’ve caught 1 000 people on public chats with a computer model; a good chunk, if not most of their targeted pedophiles will now be aware of this. Now they’ve seen how “Sweetie” looks and will now stay up-to-date with the new policies and laws (if they’re made). The predators will now be extra careful online. Since they also exposed how they use pieces of information provided through conversation to find them through Google and other online outlets, the predators (with the knowledge of baiting), will now be extra careful in providing personal information, making it harder to track them.

I personally think they provided too much information on HOW they’re tracking down online pedophiles. They could have focused on the actual problem and how successful it has been vs. what they’re doing to catch them. I mean sure, they can probably just make another computer model by a different name since they showed how Sweetie looks, but now they just gave themselves more work. Time wasted hunting these people down. I already mentioned that HOW they provided how they identified predators kind of gave them a weaker stance because now people know to be extra careful. Bottom line is, I think that the idea and success of what they’re doing is wonderful, but maybe they could have left some of the more important details out and still have lots of people sign their petition. They simply could have just contacted the important people/groups of the world PRIVATELY and pitched that online child exploitation is indeed a problem and show their stats/model to them. They essentially pointed out an issue and provided a solution, I don’t see why major governments would ignore this solution since the outcome has been hugely successful.

These are my 2 cents, I hope no one thinks I’m against this! I just feel that they could have kept it private and continued catching online pedophiles without giving the rest of the internet world pedophiles such a huge warning. If you’re clean, you have nothing to hide right?

What are your thoughts on this?


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