Computer-Generated “Sweetie” Helps Catch Pedophiles

Genetically engineered plants, computer-generated children and artistic prosthetics in this week's look at the web

Terre des Hommes (a network of organizations that fights for children’s rights) has created a “digital decoy” to help track down pedophiles online. The computer-generated model is a Filipino girl named “Sweetie” and she—operated by an adult—chats with webcam child sex tourists. Because these crimes are often not reported and are difficult to prove, Terre des Hommes found that the best way was to catch the criminals in the act. So far—in just over two months—”Sweetie” has helped identify over 1,000 men attempting to pay her to perform sex acts online. Little do the predators know, she isn’t real.