Online sex offenders may be cuffed by Interpol
by FFE EU News staff
The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) announced on Tuesday that it has yet to receive information on the biggest known online crackdown of paedophiles this year.
Dutch non-government organisation (NGO) Terre des Hommes has identified 1,000 people offering online sex to a computer-generated 10-year-old girl and has since notified the Dutch police. However, Interpol is still waiting for the Dutch authorities to ‘provide the material to Interpol after conducting their own assessment.’
In line with the sting operation, Interpol issued a warning to NGOs who will usurp the role of the police. ‘While Interpol recognises the important role of NGOs in child protection, it is important that any criminal investigations should only be undertaken by law enforcement professionals.
‘This ensures that enquiries are conducted by people 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.’
Terre des Hommes said it wanted to raise alarm over this new form of child exploitation called webcam child sex tourism. They added that tens of thousands of Filipino children have already fallen victim to this method of online sex.
Sweetie, the virtual Filipina Terre des Hommes created to track paedophiles online.
The NGO hoped to fish out child sex tourists when they created the virtual Filipina named Sweetie. After 10 weeks of deployment, the group managed to track down 20,000 child predators in 71 countries.
The research has recently been published by the media and the identities of some of the offenders have been passed to Dutch police.