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” Sylwander said the live-streaming of child sex had boomed in the Philippines because of the high level of English, good internet access and well-established money transfer systems that Filipinos working overseas use to send earnings home.

Sylwander described how children as young as five or six are forced to perform several times a day in front of a webcam, for an hour at a time, as buyers in different time zones come online.

“It’s facilitated by mothers and fathers or close relatives. “It’s definitely child slavery because the child has no choice.” The paedophiles transfer money and then give instructions of what they want to see.

“Sweetie” attracted the attention of 1,000 men across the world – including 110 Britons – over a period of two months, all of whom offered her money. But Sweetie is the creation of Terre des Hommes, an international children’s charity, which used the avatar to highlight to plight of children in developing countries The video footage of the child predators who contacted her and offered money, was handed over to the police authorities after the “experiment”.

They create their own persona and choreograph activities with others they meet in this chat room.

“Our biggest hurdle is not the government, not the police; it’s getting the internet providers to come along and say we will help you track (and) stop this,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview in London.

“My biggest concern is why don’t the internet providers do more - how can the dark web continue to do what it does?

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Poor families in the Philippines are pushing their children into performing live sex online for paedophiles around the globe in what one senior UNICEF official called a form of “child slavery”. She called for internet providers to “get on board” in tackling the crime and said money transfer centres should do far more to identify abusers by tracking suspicious payment patterns.