"This ensures that enquiries are conducted by individuals specifically trained in investigating these types of crime and that any evidence gathered is in accordance with national legislation and can therefore be submitted to the courts."Europol, the European-wide law enforcement agency based in The Hague, struck a similar theme, saying the Terre des Hommes information had been given to the Dutch Police, who would evaluate it and pass it on to Europol, “the coordination point when it comes to this kind of criminal investigation.” “While we value the active interest of a broad range of actors in combating child sex abuse online,” the Europol statement continued, “we believe that criminal investigations, using intrusive surveillance measures, should be the exclusive responsibility of law enforcement agencies.”One might infer from the stilted bureaucratic language that it’s about time somebody did something as dramatic as the Sweetie sting to focus world attention on the problem of what amounts to Internet sex tourism.The concern, of course, is that the evidence gathered won’t hold up in court.In such situations, cybersex may even be advisable—but still regarded as cheating.
With luck, some of the thousands of men who fell for this ruse will soon be in jail.
The others may be terrified enough of discovery to back off from the little boys and girls they look to exploit on the Web. According to the Dutch child-protection association Terre des Hommes, the lifelike digital victim they called "Sweetie" managed to coax a lot of information out of the creeps flocking to chat with her.
In its You Tube presentation of the Sweetie sting, which has a dramatic narration and lighting and music worthy of Hitchcock, Terre des Hommes claims it wants to work with law enforcement.
It says it has given Interpol the identities of the men who sought to victimize this little girl.
Indeed, one might ask if any country’s laws cover attempts to seduce a digital being.
It would be a shame if this sting’s net result is merely to make pedophiles more careful as they continue to hunt down the real-live little boys and girls of this world.
These people believe that if they do not even know the real name of their cybermate—and never actually see them—their affair cannot be regarded as from a moral point of view; it's no different from reading a novel or other form of entertainment.
In other words, a way to play out fantasies in a safe environment.
Pedophiles are evil, but they're not all stupid.
Few will be fooled a second time by a virtual Filipino 10-year-old in a chat room willing to do their sordid bidding for pay.
Accordingly, cybersex is about sex, but a form of sexual encounter involves experiences typical of other encounters, such as sexual arousal, masturbation, orgasm, and satisfaction.