Such children become traumatised for life, which manifests itself in sexualised and anxious behaviour.
Not only that, they are often absent from school because they spend the whole day in front of the webcam.' There is another important concern to take into consideration.
At the conference on ‘The legal aspects of Sweetie 2.0’ in Leiden on 2 July, together with Leiden and Tilburg legal experts he presented the outcome of this controversial international study.
In 2013, 15 chatbots were active for 10 weeks in online chatrooms for under-age children.
In most countries, webcam sex with an under-age girl is prohibited.
There is no complete overview of the arrests because it is not standard practice for the national police authorities to report back to the researchers.As far as we know, Sweetie resulted in arrests in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Poland.There was just one arrest purely on the basis of the chats with Sweetie.The other term is 'absolutely inadequate attempt' (the action is in legal terms impossible).Leiden legal expert Ilina Georgieva found that in 13 of the 18 countries attempting to have sex with a virtual, under-age child can be punishable in law because the webcam user assumes that he is chatting with a real child.