Leiden and Tilburg legal experts examined the situation in 18 countries to see whether webcam sex with a virtual girl can actually be punishable by law.
They thought they were chatting with a ten-year-old girl.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.The images recorded show men masturbating during the chats.
As Terre des Hommes does not have any personal information about these webcam users, the organisation refers to child abusers rather than paedophiles or paedosexuals.
The Philippines is well-known for offering child prostitution.