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Author of the ‘Sweetie’ online sting briefs parliamentarians

Strasbourg, 08.11.2013 – Hans Guyt, campaigns director for childrens’ rights NGO “Terre des Hommes” and the man behind the “Sweetie” project to unmask online child sexual predators using a virtual girl, is to talk about his work to a pan-European network of parliamentarians dedicated to combating sexual violence against children in Geneva on Wednesday 13 November.

Najat Maalla M’jid, UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, will also take part in the meeting of PACE Network of Contact Parliamentarians to stop sexual violence against children – which brings together one or more parliamentarians from each parliament in the 47-nation Council of Europe.

In less than three months, Terre des Hommes researchers were able to identify over 1,000 adults who were apparently willing to pay children in developing countries to perform sexual acts in front of webcams, information which they handed to police this week.

“One of the purposes of our network is to share good practice as widely as possible around the countries of Europe” said Liliane Maury Pasquier (Switzerland, SOC), Chair of the PACE Social Affairs Committee. “It is now for the police and prosecutors to stop the people who are driving the increasingly horrifying commercial exploitation of children.”

The meeting, which is open to the press, takes place at IPU headquarters (La maison des parlements, 5 chemin du Pommier, CH-1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Geneva) on Wednesday 13 November, beginning at 9 a.m.

PACE contact:
Nathalie Bargellini, PACE Communication Division, mobile +33 6 65 40 32 82, e-mail: nathalie.bargellini@coe.int