It is estimated that tens of thousands of adults currently prey on children this way each day, and the number keeps growing according to international researchers.Last week a team of coders, animators, and researchers announced they had created a solution: a computer-generated 10-year-old girl named Sweetie, intended to catch predators in the act.However, judging the criminality of such actions gets confusing because Sweetie is not a 10-year-old girl–no matter what she looks like.She’s not even a “she.” Sweetie is an “it.” And it’s code.
The result was a ultra-realistic 3-D model of a 10-year-old Filipino girl that would fool even the most accomplished Hollywood blockbuster animator.Safety status of is described as follows: My WOT reports its overall reputation as poor, Google Safe Browsing reports its status as safe, while users provide mostly negative reviews (100%).A phenomena known as Webcam Child Sex Tourism–adults logging into sex-chat rooms with minors in developing countries–is on the rise.For the first time ever, while the researchers were having an active IM conversation with the predators, the predators were seeing real-time video of a software-fabricated child typing away at a keyboard. In just 10 weeks Guyt and his team positively identified 1,000 sexual predators before they shut Sweetie down for good and then handed Interpol the dossiers of the individuals they positively identified.To be sure, Sweetie marks an historic advance in identifying predators. Indeed, it could not have been, as previously, in order to make predators believe they were talking to a 10-year-old girl with the confirmation they wanted, they would need to see video footage of a real 10-year-old girl interacting with them live on screen, which would have broken a number of international laws and put the health and safety of the girl at risk. But it also raised that question: Did any of these 1,000 predators actually commit a crime? It was a proof of concept application to inspire global law enforcement agencies to realize how much more could be done to fight child exploitation using advanced technology.