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Dutch children's rights group warns of explosion in 'webcam child sex tourism'

  • Hans Guyt, project director of Terre des Hommes, answers questions of reporters in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Monday Nov. 4, 2013. The Dutch children’s rights organization is warning of an epidemic of children being paid to perform sexual acts via webcams and urging police around the world to crack down on the sinister practice. The organization set up a room in an anonymous industrial neighborhood of Amsterdam and created Sweetie, a strikingly realistic computer-generated animation intended to look like a 10-year-old Filipino girl. The effect of the 10-week investigation was shocking, said Guyt. “We were swamped by men looking for contact, looking for sexual activities with us,” he said. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    Hans Guyt, project director of Terre des Hommes, answers questions of reporters in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Monday Nov. 4, 2013. The Dutch children’s rights organization is warning of an epidemic of children being paid to perform sexual acts via webcams and urging police around the world to crack down on the sinister practice. The organization set up a room in an anonymous industrial neighborhood of Amsterdam and created Sweetie, a strikingly realistic computer-generated animation intended to look like a 10-year-old Filipino girl. The effect of the 10-week investigation was shocking, said Guyt. “We were swamped by men looking for contact, looking for sexual activities with us,” he said. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Terre des Hommes researcher points to one of the sessions in a public chat room where users tried to contact purported 10-year-old Sweetie from the Philippines, left in a computer-generated images, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Monday Nov. 4, 2013. The Dutch children’s rights organization is warning of an epidemic of children being paid to perform sexual acts via webcams and is urging police and politicians around the world to crack down on the practice. Terre des Hommes, a Dutch-based organization that battles to stop child exploitation around the world, said Monday that to gauge the scale of the problem it created a fake 10-year-old  girl called Sweetie and she was bombarded with online offers to pay for webcam sex shows by child predators from around the world. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    A Terre des Hommes researcher points to one of the sessions in a public chat room where users tried to contact purported 10-year-old Sweetie from the Philippines, left in a computer-generated images, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Monday Nov. 4, 2013. The Dutch children’s rights organization is warning of an epidemic of children being paid to perform sexual acts via webcams and is urging police and politicians around the world to crack down on the practice. Terre des Hommes, a Dutch-based organization that battles to stop child exploitation around the world, said Monday that to gauge the scale of the problem it created a fake 10-year-old girl called Sweetie and she was bombarded with online offers to pay for webcam sex shows by child predators from around the world. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Terre des Hommes researcher points to one of the sessions in a public chat room where users solicit purported 10-year-old Sweetie from the Philippines, top in a computer-generated image, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Monday Nov. 4, 2013. The Dutch children's rights organization has for years worked to combat child prostitution in Southeast Asia and staff noticed in recent years that young prostitutes were disappearing from their usual haunts, cafes, restaurants and hotels haunted by sex tourists. They discovered that with the proliferation of high-speed internet connections around the world sex tourists are now able to exploit children from their own homes. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    A Terre des Hommes researcher points to one of the sessions in a public chat room where users solicit purported 10-year-old Sweetie from the Philippines, top in a computer-generated image, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Monday Nov. 4, 2013. The Dutch children's rights organization has for years worked to combat child prostitution in Southeast Asia and staff noticed in recent years that young prostitutes were disappearing from their usual haunts, cafes, restaurants and hotels haunted by sex tourists. They discovered that with the proliferation of high-speed internet connections around the world sex tourists are now able to exploit children from their own homes. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  (The Associated Press)

A Dutch children's rights organization is warning of an epidemic of minors being paid to perform sexual acts via webcams and is urging police around the world to crack down on the practice.

Terre des Hommes, a Dutch-based organization that works to stop child exploitation around the world, said Monday that to gauge the scale of the problem it created a computer-generated 10-year-old Philippines girl called Sweetie. It says she was bombarded with offers in an online chat room to pay for webcam sex shows.

Terre des Hommes director of projects Hans Guyt says, "If we don't intervene soon, this sinister phenomenon will totally run out of control."

The organization says it identified 1,000 online predators during a 10-week investigation and will hand details to Interpol.