Gathering evidence is another major challenge as the webcam shows take place live and leave no traces on the computer.
Terre des Hommes is deeply concerned about the development of webcam sex with children and believes that the time has come to take action.
In some cases, children operate on their own from Internet cafes, but there are also more organised forms involving pimps who recruit children and put them in front of a camera in enclosed spaces.
Parents who force their own children to perform sex shows in front of a web cam console themselves with the delusion that there is no real harm in web cam performances because of the lack of physical contact.
It is very easy for offenders to make online contact with young, impoverished victims, which is another reason for the quick rise of webcam child sex.
In the meantime, the vast majority of the perpetrators get away with it: since 2007, only seven offenders have been convicted.
The figures are staggering: every single day hundreds of thousands of children are victim of webcam sex.
In The Hague Security Delta (HSD) the Sweetie team gives a presentation on the development of the Sweetie 2.0 software.
With its ‘Sweetie 2.0: stop webcam child sex’ campaign, Terre des Hommes takes it all a step further to eradicate webcam child sex once and for all.
In a joint action with national and international specialists, Terre des Hommes is working on an innovative software system that can be implemented worldwide to combat webcam sex with children.
Still, millions of potential perpetrators consider themselves undetected.
It is still too easy to approach children for sex through the internet.