Adults only chat rooms
While the relevant laws vary across Australia, the possible charges fall into four categories: .
The Act inserted section 218A into the Queensland Criminal Code.
In 48 per cent of cases the adult suspect was arrested at the intended rendezvous with the child.
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.
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.
These provisions have extra-territorial effect in relation to the location of the adult or the child, by the use of the words 'either in Queensland or elsewhere'.
The maximum penalty provided is five years imprisonment.