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).
Schermer likens this to a thief who tries to steal something but the cupboard is bare.
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 cases, Sweetie was the trigger for a further search of the houses of the suspects and men were arrested on the grounds of possession of child pornography. Using chatbots, many more chat rooms can be monitored and more (potential) offenders can be deterred.
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.
HOPE (4673), you'll to be routed to a local sexual assault service provider in your area.
The chatbot could not approach chat room users itself and could not encourage online sex if the other person was not solliciting it.Sweetie is an initiative of Terre des Hommes the Netherlands.Why has combating online webcam sex become so important?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.