"Unfortunately, not everyone who finds themselves victims of this crime is coming forward to the police because these blackmail attempts are so intimate." The French reputation management company, Reputation Squad, has received an alarming number of calls from lonely hearts after they were persuaded to reveal too much of themselves online.
"Most of the time the people that call us are really panicked and they don't know what to do and are very afraid it is going to ruin their entire life," says Alberic Guigou.
On Monday, Terre des Hommes announced it had been using "Sweetie" to "identify over 1,000 adults who were willing to pay children in developing countries to perform sexual acts in front of the web-cam." In a press release the charity said more than 20,000 people approached the girl online, asking her to perform sex acts.
"She sent me a message and I was happy because normally the girls don't take the first step," he says. I am going to put it on You Tube unless you send me some money.' "I looked at the video - you could see my face...
"She said she was French, living in Lyon, but was on holiday in Ivory Coast. you could see everything." Paedophilia allegations On the same page, the victim saw many other similar videos of people entrapped in this way.
She's a 10-year-old girl living in the Philippines. Project director Hans Guyt told a news conference that webcam abuse "requires a new way of policing," according to the BBC.
The charity used the avatar to try and gather as much information about these people as they could, which they then passed on to police in the relevant country (they are not making the names public).
"We can say what an idiot for undressing in front of a webcam but our society is a society of solitude where people are alone in their rooms with a computer during the night.
"For a person who is already alone, you can imagine that this is enormously destructive.
Victims are typically lured into taking off their clothes in front of their webcam allowing the fraudster to record a video.
A threat is then made to publish the video with false allegations of paedophilia unless money is paid.
We then chatted for a bit on MSN and I could see a video of her. The blackmailer wanted 500 euros (0) wired to Abidjan, the capital of Ivory Coast, or else the video would remain online.