A police officer, posing as a 14-year-old girl, was asked by S to meet with him in Brisbane so that he could photograph her nude and have sex with her.
In conversations between S and the undercover police officer, S claimed to have photographed underage girls in the nude and to have some 66,000 images.
In some jurisdictions there may be a limited range of possible offences to cover such actions.
Where there are laws in place, how are we to combat this predatory type of behaviour?
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.
To 'procure' includes knowingly enticing or recruiting for the purposes of sexual exploitation.
This law also makes it an offence for an adult to expose a person to any indecent matter, 'without legitimate reason', where that person is under the age of 16 years, or the adult believes that person to be less than 16.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.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, and includes a discussion of three successful prosecutions.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.Nor does the prosecution have to prove that the adult intended a particular sexual act.