An Avatar That Busts Pedophiles Goes on Autopilot

New software will automate thousands of online chats with predators

Terre des Hommes Control Room in Amsterdam

In 2013, a Dutch human rights group created Sweetie, a computer-generated avatar designed to look like a 10-year-old Filipina. By chatting with men around the world and occasionally showing her animated face, Sweetie helped unmask 1,000 sex predators targeting children online. Now, Sweetie is going on auto-pilot.

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