Three Australians were part of a webcam ring which allowed paedophiles to pay to watch children as young as six being sexually abused in the Philippines.
The crime ring has been dismantled after a joint investigation by the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA), the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
"As soon as I go online, they come to me," Sweetie says in a short video documentary about Terre des Homme's campaign against Webcam child sex tourism. While the fake girl chatted with the real men, the activists tracked the potential criminals down not by hacking their computers, but by using information they volunteered -- Facebook and other social-media profiles, Skype handles, phone numbers, pictures, and video footage.
The investigation began after British police carried out a routine visit at the home of registered sex offender Timothy Ford.
Police found a number of child exploitation videos on computers in his home, sparking a global investigation which led police to the Philippines.
A 52-year-old man from Como in Western Australia has pleaded guilty to offences including accessing, transmitting and making available child exploitation material. The abuse involved 15 children in the Philippines aged between six and 15.
Of the 29 people arrested, 11 were part of the facilitation group in the Philippines.
Some of the facilitators were members of the children's own families.
AFP Assistant Commissioner Tim Morris has described the crimes as "abhorrent"."The use of online media to drive these types of crimes is a sinister development," he said in a statement."To target the most vulnerable members of the community in this way cannot be tolerated in any society.Now that fake girl could help authorities identify very real child predators."Sweetie" is the creation of Dutch children's rights organization Terre des Hommes.On the other hand, clown anemonefish are protandrous hermaphrodites.This means that they mature as males and the largest one will change into a female when the resident female dies.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.