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They thought they were chatting online with a 10-year-old girl in the Philippines. In truth, they were talking to an incredibly realistic-looking computer-generated child. Now, that fake girl could help authorities identify very real child predators.”Sweetie” is the creation of Dutch children’s rights organization Terre des Hommes.Over the course of a 2.5-month sting operation, the group says Sweetie helped it identify more than 1,000 adults from 71 countries willing to pay children in developing countries to perform sex acts before a Webcam. On Monday, it announced that it would hand over video footage of the interactions to international police organization Interpol.Sweetie in the making.(Credit: Video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET)Sweetie first interacted with the potential predators in public chat rooms. Researchers made sure to model their alter ego’s online conversation, in style and tone, to that of a preteen Filipino girl.

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