Presently, there is little data available on child luring.The information that does exist represents only those incidents that have been reported to the police.In 2002, the Canadian was amended to include new offences that would help combat the luring of individuals under the age of 18, by making it "illegal to communicate with children over the Internet for the purpose of committing a sexual offence" (Department of Justice, 2002).Accordingly, police services across Canada began collecting and reporting child luring incidents that come to their attention under this new legislative amendment.Child luring cases where there is no accused tend to involve a single charge, while multiple violations were more common among incidents where an accused was identified.More specifically, just over half (51%) of incidents where an accused was identified Pornographic images of children are shared by pedophiles via the Internet every day, according to the Kids Internet Safety Alliance (KINSA), a Canadian organization that has been fighting cybercrime since 2005 (Fournier, 2008).
Nonetheless, using the first available police-reported data on child luring article presents a snapshot of the characteristics of this relatively new criminal offence and the people accused of committing it, as well as an examination of court cases and decisions for child luring offences.
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For example, conversations or sexually exploitative images are easily stored and removed from digital devices such as cameras, cellular phones, music players and game consoles; all of which are likely to go undetected (Denis, 2007).
Training, cooperation and information sharing between organizations, as well as time and funding have been identified as essential in locating online offenders both nationally and internationally (Sinclair and Sugar, 2005).