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While the relevant laws vary across Australia, the possible charges fall into four categories: .
The Act inserted section 218A into the Queensland Criminal Code.
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.
Nor does the prosecution have to prove that the adult intended a particular sexual act.
If, however, an adult approaches a child with the intent of engaging in sexual activity, but no sexual activity actually takes place, that may or may not constitute an offence.
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.
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.