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EACD Webinar: "Becoming Sweetie: a novel approach to stopping the global rise of Webcam Child Sex Tourism" by Terre des Hommes

Wednesday 24 September 2014

The EACD is happy to invite you to our next webinar on innovative communications approaches in the non-profit sector with a best-case presentation by Terre des Hommes which will take place on September 24th, 2014 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.
Rising internet usage rates, the availability of mobile phones and persistent poverty in the developing world, have fostered the emergence of a new rapidly growing form of online child sexual exploitation. "Webcam Child Sex Tourism" (WCST) takes place when adults pay or offer other rewards in order to direct and view live streaming video footage of children in another country performing sexual acts in front of a webcam. It is a rapidly growing phenomenon taking on epidemic proportions. Alarmed by this vast growing phenomenon Terre des Hommes decided to shift its focus to the demand side. Who are these people, how do they establish contact with children, how vast is the demand?
Four researchers spent a combined total of 1,600 hours over the course of 10 weeks posing as prepubertal girls using a computer model of a ten-year old Filipina, "Sweetie". The results were shocking. Over 20,000 predators from all over the world initiated contact, seeking webcam sex shows from the researchers. By combining bits of information supplied by the perpetrators themselves, Terre des Hommes managed to identify 1,000 individuals from 71 countries, demonstrating how widespread this phenomenon has already become over such a relatively short period of time.
The dossiers were handed over to international law enforcement agencies. Sweetie became an overnight media success. Over a billion people have been informed. Arrests have taken place. Children released. Police and politicians alerted....and, we have only just started.
Join our webinar "Becoming Sweetie: a novel approach to stopping the global rise of Webcam Child Sex Tourism" to learn about the background to this relatively new phenomenon, scale and nature, demand and supply, the impact on child victims, Terre des Hommes' journey into the dark side of the web, objectives and results of the Sweetie project, as well as finding a way forward to deal with this epidemic with the urgency it both requires and deserves.
 About the speakers:
 Hans Guyt is responsible for Terre des Hommes' campaigns and special programs, such as the Sweetie project, the virtual 10-year old Filipino girl who traced and identified 1,000 online child abusers over a relatively short period of time. This campaign became world news: from CNN to Al Jazeera, BBC and AP. etc....Since the late nineties, he has worked as program director of Terre des Hommes (the Netherlands) fighting for the rights of vulnerable children in developing countries. 
 Guusje Havenaar has a master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Amsterdam and is now working as a Child Rights Officer at Terre des Hommes Netherlands. She spent two months in the Philippines researching the psychosocial consequences of Webcam Child Sex Tourism.
The Webinar will take place on Wednesday, September 24th and begins at 17.00pm (CET) and runs for an hour. Participants will have the chance to pose their questions. The session will run on the platform “Adobe Connect”; for technical requirements please refer to the following link:
We look forward to an insightful exchange with our members!