The group’s researchers were inundated with potential predators when went online with a highly lifelike, digitally-animated avatar named Sweetie.
Her chat partners thought they were talking to a Filipino minor, but in fact they were communicating with a team in a warehouse in the Dutch capital Amsterdam, who were recording everything and looking for clues to their identity.
” Sylwander said the live-streaming of child sex had boomed in the Philippines because of the high level of English, good internet access and well-established money transfer systems that Filipinos working overseas use to send earnings home.
Poverty is a driver with many parents expecting their children to contribute financially.
One group of young children rescued in Manila said they were paid 150 pesos ($3) to take part in shows. Researchers in the Philippines who are carrying out a major survey on violence against children, to be published later this year, have found shockingly high levels of sexual abuse within families, she said.