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Schermer likens this to a thief who tries to steal something but the cupboard is bare.
Leiden legal expert Ilina Georgieva found that in 13 of the 18 countries attempting to have sex with a virtual, under-age child can be punishable in law because the webcam user assumes that he is chatting with a real child.
The legal experts also looked at the conditions that Sweetie has to meet in order to be a valid instrument for legal study because tools used as bait also have to observe particular rules.
The chatbot could not approach chat room users itself and could not encourage online sex if the other person was not solliciting it.
Sweetie is an initiative of Terre des Hommes the Netherlands.
In 2013, 15 chatbots were active for 10 weeks in online chatrooms for under-age children.
Four of the researchers pretended to be a ten-year-old Filipina girl, christened ' Sweetie' by the researchers because that was the name used most often by men using the chatrooms.
The chatbots registered more than 20,000 webcam conversations, the details of which were passed on to Europol.
The images recorded show men masturbating during the chats.
‘Legislation always lags behind new technology,' Leiden lawyer Bart Schermer explained.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating