Computer-generated child 'Sweetie' catches online predators

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  1. FigTree

    FigTree New Member

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    Meet Sweetie, the girl catching online predators

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    The charity identified 1,000 adults from 71 countries who solicited Sweetie
     
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  3. ~n/t~

    ~n/t~ New Member

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    I saw this on the news. 71 countries. Disgusting! I think this is brilliant way to get these creeps.
     
  4. FigTree

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    Pity it was an experiment, but it did it's job - to highlight the amount of people out there are trying to source children for exploitation. The numbers were incredible. :(
     
  5. Nova

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    I'm glad they used a computer-generated image and not a pic of a live girl, of course.

    But I am puzzled and concerned by the legality of trying to charge viewers with child porn when they haven't seen a child. (I take it this was an experiment and no charges resulted, so I'm speaking hypothetically.)

    I have always agreed that the threat to the child overcame free-speech protections in the case of child porn laws. But if no child is involved, what, exactly, is the crime? Thought?
     
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    Well if police can go online undercover and pose as a child to arrest people, this should be no different.
     
  7. FigTree

    FigTree New Member

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    I think the target was to highlight the live on-line sex performed by children for money and the rate it is increasing by the demand for it.
    I dont think anyone was charged - the names were handed to INTERPOL and it was up to them as to what they wanted/could do with the information.
    It was more the statistics gathered - and I think that was how they managed to bypass the soliciting and the bating.

    One of the reasons they stated that they also conducted the experiment was because the rate of arrest so far for online Porn is 6 people (I think this is a Euro stat). Apparently the hardest part in charging anyone was 'evidence'.


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  8. Nova

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    I have the same issue with those arrests. But I don't think our courts have the guts to really confront the paradox.
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    Excellent post, Nova.
     

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