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A range of possible offences may be used where an adult engages in sexual activity with a child, depending on the nature of the sexual activity.If, however, an adult approaches a child with the intent of engaging in sexual activity, but no sexual activity actually takes place, that may or may not constitute an offence.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.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.
Various facilities are available to search out others with similar backgrounds or interests.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'.The maximum penalty provided is five years imprisonment.They use computers at home, at friends' places, at the library and at school to work, play and communicate.
Some have net connectivity on portable devices such as mobile phones.
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.