Humanitarian organization Terre Des Hommes report that they’ve been able to identify over 1,000 online predators by using a computer-generated avatar designed to look like a 10-year-old child.
The computer-generated girl is called Sweetie and hails from the Phillipines, where tens of thousands of children are abused online for money each year as part of a disturbing crime called “Webcam Sex Tourism”. Adult predators haunt chat rooms waiting for children from developing countries, to whom they offer money in exchange for sexual acts performed in front of a webcam; because of the poverty and youth of the victims, these crimes largely go unreported.
Computer-generated Sweetie was created to put a stop to the international predators preying on these children. The avatar is modeled on the movements and expressions of a real person through motion-capture technology, similar to the technology used for computer-generated characters in films.
Though some have gone as far as to call Terre Des Hommes’ actions entrapment, the group has defended itself by insisting that they are never responsible for the initiation of any communication, nor is sexual activity ever suggested by them. A video explaining the group’s actions against this online child abuse can be found here.