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.
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.
At the time of the investigation, section 218A of the Criminal Code (Qld) was not in force; however, other offences subsequently came to light.
Police received a complaint of sexual abuse which occurred in another state upon a 14-year-old female victim who had met her abuser on the internet.
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.
To 'procure' includes knowingly enticing or recruiting for the purposes of sexual exploitation.