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.
Leiden and Tilburg legal experts examined the situation in 18 countries to see whether webcam sex with a virtual girl can actually be punishable by law.The problem is that the victim is not a real person.The images recorded show men masturbating during the chats.As Terre des Hommes does not have any personal information about these webcam users, the organisation refers to child abusers rather than paedophiles or paedosexuals.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.Such children become traumatised for life, which manifests itself in sexualised and anxious behaviour.Not only that, they are often absent from school because they spend the whole day in front of the webcam.' There is another important concern to take into consideration.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 ‘Sweetie’ study shows the size and nature of webcam child sex tourism worldwide.