Tens of thousands of child victims in international online sex crime; cases disclosed by Terre des Hommes

The Hague, 4th November 2013 – Terre des Hommes Netherlands raises the alarm about a largely unknown, but quickly spreading new form of child exploitation that has got tens of thousands victims involved in the Philippines alone: webcam child sex tourism. In less than two and a half months Terre des Hommes researchers were able to identify over 1,000 adults who were willing to pay children in developing countries to perform sexual acts in front of the webcam. With the help of a virtual 10 year old Philippine girl the researchers identified adults from more than 65 countries. The video footage of the child predators has been handed over to the police authorities today.

Stop Webcam Child Sex Tourism – the online campaign

To show how undisturbed child predators can act but also to show how easy it is to track them down the Dutch child rights organisation put herself in the shoes of a 10 year old Philippine girl.

Together with Avaaz.org, Terre des Hommes the Netherlands has created an online petition to pressure governments to adopt proactive investigation policies in order to protect children against webcam child sex tourism. The petition starts today and can be signed through Avaaz or via youtube.com/sweetie.

Dossier

Press Release (Terre des Hommes Netherlands – 04.11.2013)

Frequently Asked Questions on Webcam Child Sex Tourism (22 pages)

Report “Webcam Child Sex Tourism – Becoming Sweetie: a novel approach to stopping the global rise of Webcam Child Sex Tourism”, Terre des Hommes Netherlands, November 2013, 113 pages.

Press Contact

Terre des Hommes Netherlands:

Heleen Slob, Press Officer: h.slob@tdh.nl

Press Team  press@tdh.nl  + 31 6 53 33 95 84

source: www.terredeshommes.nl