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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.
The adult might strike up a conversation which very soon progresses to a sexually explicit topic.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.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.Nor does the prosecution have to prove that the adult intended a particular sexual act.
It is no defence if it is in fact impossible for the child to engage in the sexual act intended.
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.
However, a maximum penalty of 10 years applies if the child is, or is believed by the adult to be, less than 12 years of age.
In March 2002, Queensland Police began an undercover operation against a person whom they had discovered in a chat room seeking underage girls for sex.
Whether or not it is an offence depends on the available law.