The legal experts also looked at the conditions that Sweetie has to meet in order to be a valid instrument for legal study because tools used as bait also have to observe particular rules.The chatbot could not approach chat room users itself and could not encourage online sex if the other person was not solliciting it.Guijt explained: ‘Five years ago we saw that in brothels in the Philippines there were suddenly fewer children involved in prostitution.
The men flocked to the Filipina girl with the angelic face like moths around a flame, Hans Guijt, project manager at Terre des Hommes, explained.
In most countries, webcam sex with an under-age girl is prohibited.
But it is much more difficult to prove abuse if the person is fictitious.
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.
Prosecutors have to focus on the attempt and intention to have online sex with a juvenile. The first is 'relatively inadequate attempt' (the action is factually impossible).