Audio video sex chat rooms
These provisions have extra-territorial effect in relation to the location of the adult or the child, by the use of the words 'either in Queensland or elsewhere'.
It is no defence if it is in fact impossible for the child to engage in the sexual act intended.Computers connected to the internet provide a number of ways to communicate in real time with other people who can be anywhere, including across the room, hallway, road, city, state, country or world.Various facilities are available to search out others with similar backgrounds or interests.If a child enters an online chat room they may encounter an adult person, who may or may not be pretending to be a child, but who is on the lookout for a child to whom they can 'talk dirty', send obscene images, obtain sexually explicit pictures, engage in cybersex or meet for sex offline.The adult might strike up a conversation which very soon progresses to a sexually explicit topic.It reports on the 25 investigations into online grooming completed by the Queensland Police in the period June 2003 and September 2004 under the code name Task Force Argos.
The purpose of this study is to better understand how online grooming offences are committed and how they can be policed.
While the relevant laws vary across Australia, the possible charges fall into four categories: .
The Act inserted section 218A into the Queensland Criminal Code.
One way is for the police to pretend to be children in online spaces and wait for the predators to come to them.
This paper reflects on the nature of online grooming and the police response.
The provision makes it an offence for an adult to use electronic communication (such as email, internet chat rooms, SMS messages, real time audio/video or other similar communication) with the intention of procuring a person under the age of 16 years (or whom the adult believes to be under 16 years) to engage in a sexual act.