Yesterday, the Internet exploded with news that a computer-generated 10-year-old girl had been used to nab 1,000 child predators.
Not only that, the virtual girl remained clothed throughout; for moral and legal reasons Terre des Hommes did not wish to create any form of child pornography.
As Terre des Hommes does not have any personal information about these webcam users, the organisation refers to child abusers rather than paedophiles or paedosexuals.
As far as we know, Sweetie resulted in arrests in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Poland.
Only, contrary to most reports -- see: "This virtual 10-year-old-girl just outed 1000 sexual predators," along with many other misleading headlines -- this virtual girl did not take down 1,000 predators.
The media race to the little-girl-gets-bad-guys story line -- which comes with the added appeal of technology being used to combat the very evils that it allows -- passed over two important facts: 1) "Webcam child sex tourism" is not only , but it's a phenomenon that has exploded in the last year, and 2) a virtual avatar wasn't even needed to snare most of these men and one woman.