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Guyt: ‘The enormous online availability of these children also attracts a lot of men who would otherwise not feel so readily attracted to sex with children.
It often starts with a quick look or chat out of curiosity, but before they know it, they also start downloading images.
The other term is 'absolutely inadequate attempt' (the action is in legal terms impossible).
Leiden legal expert Ilina Georgieva found that in 13 of the 18 countries attempting to have sex with a virtual, under-age child can be punishable in law because the webcam user assumes that he is chatting with a real child.
Whether that is punishable by law depends on the country, Leiden legal experts conclude.
The men flocked to the Filipina girl with the angelic face like moths around a flame, Hans Guijt, project manager at Terre des Hommes, explained.
Four of the researchers pretended to be a ten-year-old Filipina girl, christened ' Sweetie' by the researchers because that was the name used most often by men using the chatrooms.
Once the Filipino avatars went online, they were approached by men throughout the world, 71 countries in total.
But it is much more difficult to prove abuse if the person is fictitious.Research shows that 1 in 4 people who download child pornography also tries to have sex with children offline.' According to Terre des Hommes, every day thousands of children are victims of webcam sex.Estimates indicate that at any point in time 750,000 men are looking for sex with children via internet in more than 40,000 public chat rooms.As far as we know, Sweetie resulted in arrests in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Poland.
There was just one arrest purely on the basis of the chats with Sweetie.Not only that, the virtual girl remained clothed throughout; for moral and legal reasons Terre des Hommes did not wish to create any form of child pornography.