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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.In 48 per cent of cases the adult suspect was arrested at the intended rendezvous with the child.Toni Makkai Director Children are growing up with computers.In 76 per cent of cases the suspect was arrested for an offence within one month of the first online contact.In 68 per cent of cases the adult sought offline contact with the child.To 'procure' includes knowingly enticing or recruiting for the purposes of sexual exploitation.
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.
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.