More than 30 Britons a day fall for the webcam sex scams, a Mirror investigation reveals today.
Victims in Plymouth include John Pearn, who told sextortionists to stuffed and urged others to not be cowed by the blackmailers.
"Sweetie" is the creation of Dutch children's rights organization Terre des Hommes.
Over the course of a 2.5-month sting operation, the group says, Sweetie helped Terre des Hommes identify more than 1,000 adults from 71 countries willing to pay children in developing countries to perform sex acts before a Webcam.
But beyond that viral video, the fifth estate reveals a more complex and disturbing story about what happened to the B. teenager driven to suicide in October 2012 – not just bullying, but the deliberate sexual extortion of a 15-year-old girl by online predators.
Average sentences are getting longer for comparable child pornography offenses, indicating that Internet offenders will occupy custodial beds longer and will require longer terms of supervision if they become eligible for probation/parole (Wolak, Finkelhor, & Mitchell, 2009). Internet sexual offending comprises a range of crimes, including possession or distribution of child pornography; production of child pornography; sexual solicitations (online interactions with minors for sexual purposes, including plans to meet offline); and conspiracy crimes (e.g., collaborating with others to distribute or produce child pornography or to solicit minors).It is hard to obtain precise estimates of Internet sexual offending in the United States, as there is no national system for integrating information about Internet offenders at the state level and there are state-by-state variations in the applicable laws.These are recorded and victims are told footage of their sex session will be made public and sent to friends and family unless they send cash.One teenager stung by an Ivory Coast gang told his blackmailer after being online for just 100 minutes: "I'd rather go and shoot myself, you f***ing trash making people do this."The coldhearted criminal replied: "I thank you I want your money more I will share your video bye?“He insists that these acts did not stretch back further than three or four months. But everyone should be very careful in what they say.”Monfort also noted that his client said he “took no pleasure” in abusing his daughter and was “just messing around.” If his daughter hadn’t been able to bank on his ignorance of Web technology to outsmart him, odds are he’d still be messing around today.