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.
The girl obeyed: She took off her clothes and posed as he demanded.
That scenario emerged in the case against Salazar, who later copped a plea to child pornography charges.
A review of hundreds of pages of court records and other documents underscores disturbing patterns: Predators come largely from wealthier nations.
“She ready to give you a good show as promised,” the woman typed.
The woman told the girl to follow Salazar’s instructions.
The United Nations and FBI estimate that 750,000 child predators are online at any given time.
Numbers on those engaged in live-streaming child sex acts are difficult to gauge, but law enforcement officials portray the predator population as vast – and proliferating far faster than they can catch perpetrators.
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.
But far more get away with this crime, according to prosecutors, police and activists on four continents.
Court papers show he inhabited a dark corner of the internet where adult men pay to live-stream child sex.
Webcams and digital payment methods offer a twist on pedophilia that is quickly growing and difficult to police, according to law enforcement officials.