Adult internet text chat
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.
Some have net connectivity on portable devices such as mobile phones.
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.
One way is for the police to pretend to be children in online spaces and wait for the predators to come to them.
This paper reflects on the nature of online grooming and the police response.