Authorities considered that operation in 2011 to be a one-off case.
And while children have historically testified against sex traffickers in court, they have proved unwilling to incriminate their parents.
Children see abuse as normal In the 2011 case, the police thought the children would welcome the operation.
The Dutch NGO Terre des Hommes analysed the industry by constructing a virtual 10-year-old Filipino girl called “Sweetie” and used the computer model to entrap more than 1,000 adults who paid for her to perform sex acts.
The charity identified adults from more than 71 countries seeking out Sweetie’s services.
Next month, Unicef will launch a campaign to educate young people about the risks of the online world.
The UK’s #We Protect project, an international alliance to fight online child abuse, has promised £10m to the campaign.
“That’s not to say that it won’t move to other countries …
There is probably a huge amount we don’t know.” It is hard to estimate the size of an industry involving small anonymous payments, roughly -0 a show, conducted in people’s homes and mostly operated by families rather than large crime syndicates.
A live webcam feed on the computer screen showed the faces of three white men glaring out.