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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.The investigations involved police officers posing as girls aged between 13 and 16 accessing the internet in order to uncover adults who were seeking to procure children online for sexual activity.The results of this study show the aggressive and rapid way that children are targeted by adults for sexual purposes.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.
The adult might strike up a conversation which very soon progresses to a sexually explicit topic.
At the time of the investigation, section 218A of the Criminal Code (Qld) was not in force; however, other offences subsequently came to light.
Police received a complaint of sexual abuse which occurred in another state upon a 14-year-old female victim who had met her abuser on the internet.
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 definition of sexual intercourse is specifically not limited to acts involving physical contact.