In most cases, Sweetie was the trigger for a further search of the houses of the suspects and men were arrested on the grounds of possession of child pornography. Using chatbots, many more chat rooms can be monitored and more (potential) offenders can be deterred.
There is no complete overview of the arrests because it is not standard practice for the national police authorities to report back to the researchers.
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.
The images recorded show men masturbating during the chats.
They thought they were chatting with a ten-year-old girl.At the conference on ‘The legal aspects of Sweetie 2.0’ in Leiden on 2 July, together with Leiden and Tilburg legal experts he presented the outcome of this controversial international study.In 2013, 15 chatbots were active for 10 weeks in online chatrooms for under-age children.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.