Webcams face to face sexual

"In any other domain of social experience incitement to an act that is considered to be a crime would be itself considered a criminal offense," Frank Furedi, professor of sociology at the University of Kent, writes in the Independent today.

"But apparently not if it flushes out the would-be-pedophile." Law enforcement agencies have also expressed concern.

If you have people around you who can help, that is great, but often these are people who are alone and it can be very dramatic.

Webcams face to face sexual

French police advise victims not to meet the blackmailer's demands - the 28 year-old victim we spoke to refused to pay - his blackmailers lost interest and went away.

Another victim who paid up, ended up being asked for more.

She's a computer-generated avatar, created by a charity called Terre des Hommes.

It's scary that these pedophiles were so easy to flush out, but the use of a computer-generated child by a non-governmental agency to identify potential pedophiles has others spooked too.

"We believe that criminal investigations using intrusive surveillance measures should be the exclusive responsibility of law enforcement agencies," Europol spokesman Soren Pedersen told Reuters.

Men using social networking and online dating sites are being targeted by fraudsters posing as attractive young women."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.French police say they are being told of incidents every day, with most probably going unreported.One victim, a 28-year-old man, is willing to speak about his experience but wishes to remain anonymous. "After five minutes she sent me a message saying: 'Have a look at this video I've taken of you."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.

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