Online chat rooms for sex
The Act inserted section 218A into the Queensland Criminal Code.
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.
The popularity of chat rooms might have peaked about fifteen years ago, but they still attract millions of users every year.
Forums have continued to maintain their popularity throughout the years.
Where there are laws in place, how are we to combat this predatory type of behaviour?
One way is for the police to pretend to be children in online spaces and wait for the predators to come to them.
The results of this study show the aggressive and rapid way that children are targeted by adults for sexual purposes.
In 76 per cent of cases the suspect was arrested for an offence within one month of the first online contact.
In many cases, suspects try to defend themselves to the police before and after they are placed in custody, but this is one of the worst things you can do in these cases.
In 68 per cent of cases the adult sought offline contact with the child.
In 48 per cent of cases the adult suspect was arrested at the intended rendezvous with the child.
If you are being accused of a sex crime related to something you said or did in a chat room or forum, please call (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation with Vista child molestation defense lawyer Peter M.
Foreword | This paper reports the experience of Queensland police in the investigation of predatory behaviour by men seeking sex with children through online chat rooms.