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At the age of 15, Angel began connecting with foreign men in chat rooms. “They told me ‘Angel, it’s really nice to chat with the foreign guys because you can earn money.’” For several hours every day, Angel is online with men from North America and Europe.

A review of hundreds of pages of court records and other documents underscores disturbing patterns: Predators come largely from wealthier nations.

The children live in abject poverty, and in many cases are put on view by their own families, who are desperate for money. The children live in developing nations with internet connections, mainly Southeast Asia, but the practice also has expanded to West Africa, experts say.

Andrew Salazar logged into a Yahoo chat forum with a fake name.

From his suburban Tacoma, WA, home, he messaged a woman an ocean away, in the Philippines.

UNICEF is also promoting a charter which lays down a code of conduct for internet cafes to follow to make them safer for children.

Mickey Tiangco runs one such internet café on the outskirts of Manila.

“We are dealing with absolutely huge numbers of people who are doing this, and we’re seeing that from investigations we are doing now,” said Kelvin Lay, lead investigator for the National Crime Agency in the UK.

He said the number of incidents involving webcam child sex cases reported to the NCA has steadily increased.

After his 2014 online encounter with the Filipino girl and other incidents, Salazar would become one of at least several dozen people globally who have faced criminal charges for predatory live-camera child sex.

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