PETALING JAYA - Dutch activists recently tracked down 1,000 paedophiles worldwide who engaged in webcam child sex tourism over a two-month period. Of this number, three are Malaysians.
Using a computer-generated virtual child, the Netherlands-based Terre des Hommes was able to lure these 1,000 into the open, and track them using publicly-available tools such as Google and Facebook.
Confirming the information, a Terre des Hommes spokesman said: "Three of them are from Malaysia. Their names were handed over to Interpol. We hope Interpol will exchange the information with the various countries."
The spokesman declined to provide any details on the three, adding that the organisaton did not want to frame a specific profile of these paedophiles. It seemed, however, that the 1,000 came from all walks of life.
"You have people working as teachers, with government agencies...There are fathers, students, old and young," the spokesman said.
On Nov 4, Terre des Hommes uploaded a video titled Stop webcam child sex tourism! to YouTube, and showed how they were able to catch these paedophiles.
Mimicking human movements and voice acting, they created a virtual 10-year-old Filipina nicknamed "Sweetie" before "putt-ing" her on public chatrooms on the Internet.
According to the group, online users swarmed Sweetie with requests to turn on "her" webcam, persuading her to take off her clothes.