Mobile text sex chat rooms
Whether or not it is an offence depends on the available law.In cases of attempting to commit a sexual offence, there will also be a question of fact to answer - that is, whether the adult has taken steps towards carrying out their intent.
Where there are laws in place, how are we to combat this predatory type of behaviour?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.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.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.
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.
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.
Computers connected to the internet provide a number of ways to communicate in real time with other people who can be anywhere, including across the room, hallway, road, city, state, country or world.