But the international police agency begs to differ.
With luck, some of the thousands of men who fell for this ruse will soon be in jail.
The others may be terrified enough of discovery to back off from the little boys and girls they look to exploit on the Web. According to the Dutch child-protection association Terre des Hommes, the lifelike digital victim they called "Sweetie" managed to coax a lot of information out of the creeps flocking to chat with her.
Pedophiles are evil, but they're not all stupid.
Few will be fooled a second time by a virtual Filipino 10-year-old in a chat room willing to do their sordid bidding for pay.
Apparently many posted images of themselves as well, as if the little girl would find their manhood irresistible.
Because the “victim” was not a real child, those operating her could have her comply with some of the fantasies the men suggested.
Whereas people having online affairs tend to understate their problematic nature, their offline partners typically do not see difference between online and offline affairs: A lack of direct physical contact and face-to-face meetings does not diminish the sense of a violation of their vow of exclusivity.
The fact that most of these affairs are concealed from offline spouses is indicative of the possible harm.
This is sick stuff, and Terre des Hommes hopes you will sign a petition calling on governments to crack down in every way possible on the live-chat sexual exploitation of children, which is a growing phenomenon in developing countries.
But as for the cops, they're not so pleased about a non-governmental organization taking on the role of vigilante investigator.
In such situations, cybersex may even be advisable—but still regarded as cheating.