The group said only six perpetrators of what they call “webcam child sex tourism” have ever been convicted of the crime worldwide.“If we don't intervene soon, this sinister phenomenon will totally run out of control,” Mr Guyt said, describing it as a “cottage” industry that needs to be stamped out now.“It's still not too late,” Guyt said.
“Our worst scenario is that the same thing will happen with this as has happened with child pornography — that is now a multibillion dollar industry in the hands of criminal gangs.”The group has begun an online petition calling for action against webcam child sex tourism, and posted a documentary about its 10-week investigation on its You Tube channel.“We do not need more laws,” Mr Guyt said.
Researchers from the Netherlands-based activists group Terre des Hommes logged in to public chat rooms under the alias of Sweetie, an apparently real girl who they identified clearly by country of origin, gender and age.
The results were shocking, according to the group’s project director Has Guyt.
By Holly Reisem Hanna Back when I was in college, I worked for a telemarketing company.
While the gig itself was flexible with it’s hours and it paid well, it totally exhausted me.
The cybersex industry is a billion-dollar business worldwide.
And it is expanding in developing countries such as the Philippines, where more children are being abused due to rampant poverty and a growing cyber network.
In fact, live customer service chat is becoming more and more popular everyday.
They found that the forums were flooded with people willing to pay to see a young child perform sex acts live online.
Using basic online search techniques, Mr Guyt’s team at a small, remote office outside Amsterdam was able to compile a dossier of 1,000 named internet users, complete with written and video evidence, engaged in the illegal activity.
In countries like the Philippines, Cambodia and Indonesia, abject poverty and a growing digital infrastructure are contributing to its expansion.
In 2015, Southeast Asia had over 1.6 million Internet users.