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?
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.
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.
Nor does the prosecution have to prove that the adult intended a particular sexual act.