Tonight she speaks out to reveal she's now suing the ADF, telling Defence correspondent Michael Brissenden she's faced two and a half years of bullying and victimisation since she went public.'KATE': In the past two and a half years I've tried really hard not to let what happened to me define me, but that's hard to do when everybody else only ever sees you as that girl, as that Skype slut.
MICHAEL BRISSENDEN, REPORTER: After six reviews and one high level inquiry, the woman at the centre of the case that kicked off the cultural crisis in the military says she wants more than institutional self-reflection.
“If we were able to identify 1,000 individuals in just two and a half months last summer, think how many of these people could be identified if governments took a more active approach,” Albert Jaap Van Santbrink, Terre de Homme’s director, told .
“The perpetrators think they are invisible, but we proved that they are anything but.” Although more than 20,000 people attempted to solicit Sweetie, her creators pointed out that only six WCST predators have ever been convicted of a crime.
The public exposure of that incident plunged the ADF into a criminal trial and two years of inquiries, leading to the airing of thousands more allegations of abuse and misconduct.
Meanwhile, "Kate", just 18 at the time, has endured a devastating ordeal.
Their personal information was then compiled into a “dossier” and shared with Interpol.
“Terre des Homme researchers hunkered in an Amsterdam warehouse, turned on a Webcam, and using software, controlled the CG girl's conversation, facial expressions, and movements,” said .
Sweetie is from the Philippines, and like tens of thousands of other children around her country who are forced into performing sex acts via webcam, she is constantly approached by cybersex predators. Sweetie was created by Terre des Hommes, a Dutch children’s rights organization that hopes to rid the internet of what it calls “webcam child sex tourism” (WCST).
“As soon as I go online, they come to me,” she said in a video. So many.” Although her story is disturbingly common in impoverished Southeast Asian countries, Sweetie is far from typical. “WCST is known to take place on a large scale in the Philippines, but there is no compelling reason to believe that WCST does not also occur in other countries, particularly in South East Asia, where Internet access rates are climbing and there is a well-developed criminal infrastructure around child sexual exploitation and human trafficking,” Terre des Hommes said in a press release.
She’s actually a sophisticated computer model, “living” on a hard drive in Amsterdam, designed to track down and expose the men and women who seek to exploit children online. During a 10-week period between April and June, Terre des Hommes reported that a shocking 20,000 people “made approaches to the virtual girl,” despite her young age.
The organization was able to identify 1,000 predators, hailing from 71 different countries, who offered to pay Sweetie to perform sex acts over a video chat.
In one version, the scam originates from a dating website or social network site like Facebook.