INHOPE interviewed by the BBC News Channel about the Terre des Hommes #Sweetie 10 initiative
November 06, 2013
The NGO Terre des Hommes initiative named #Sweetie10 (after a
computer-generated 10-year old girl from the Philippines) was the talk
of the day on social media, with a lot of press coverage as well. INHOPE
was interviewed about it live via Skype on the BBC News Channel. Here
is a transcript of what INHOPE said:
‘’This type of initiative raises awareness on the issue of child sexual
exploitation, online and offline. It shows the links existing between
‘child sex tourism’ and the production of child sexual abuse material.
It confirms that live-streaming is a new and disturbing criminal
money-making trend, a new lucrative platform for organised crime, as it
was recently highlighted in a report published by Europol and the
European Financial Coalition against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of
Children Online (with data from INHOPE).
However, at INHOPE, we believe in cooperation and knowledge sharing. And
this is too serious of a crime, in fact one of the worst violations of
human rights on the most vulnerable of our citizens, our children, to
forget that. Partnership with law enforcement is of critical importance,
if we do not want perpetrators escaping justice and harming again.
Not involving law enforcement can in fact be counterproductive.
Perpetrators might not be prosecuted, as there will probably not be
enough evidential trail that will stand up in court. By saying ‘the
files will be handed to law enforcement’ also gives offenders enough
margin of manoeuvre to cover their tracks…Entrapment and enticement are
serious issues best left to law enforcement professionals. Tactics
should not be publicly discussed, as they might jeopardise ongoing
We, INHOPE and its member hotlines, stop, with our industry partners,
the (re)circulation of child sexual abuse material on the Internet
while providing actionable intelligence to law enforcement which may
lead to the arrest of offenders and the identification of victims. We
say to the members of the general public, if you stumble across anything
you suspect is illegal, help us make a difference, report it, don’t
ignore it. ‘’
to see what Troels Oerting, Head of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3)/ Europol, said to CNN on the matter.
As for INTERPOL, it thanked INHOPE for its partnership approach. You can read their press release below:
‘’INTERPOL is aware that on Monday 4 November a Non Governmental
Organization unveiled a report into research that they had carried out
in relation to Remote Commercial Child Sexual Exploitation (RCCSE) and
that this information has now been provided to the Dutch authorities.
No information about the research or the report was provided to INTERPOL
prior to its publication. The Dutch authorities will provide the
material to INTERPOL after conducting their own assessment.
As no detail has yet been provided to INTERPOL it would be inappropriate to comment at this time.
The issue of RCCSE is one which INTERPOL, as the world’s largest police
organization is aware of and is working with specialist officers in its
member countries to address as part of ongoing efforts to address all
forms of child sexual exploitation.
Whilst INTERPOL recognizes the important role of NGOs in child
protection, it is important that any criminal investigations should only
be undertaken by law enforcement professionals. This ensures that
enquiries are conducted by individuals specifically trained in
investigating these types of crime and that any evidence gathered is in
accordance with national legislation and can therefore be submitted to
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