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.
More similar to luring incidents, over 4 in 10 police-reported incidents involving child pornography were cleared during the same timeframe.
When an offence is not cleared either by the laying or recommendation of charges or through some other means, it can signify that a chargeable suspect has not been identified in conjunction with the offence.
Overall, most incidents of child luring coming to the attention of police involved a single charge or violation.
In 20, for about three-quarters of police-reported incidents involving a child luring offence, the luring was the only violation.
As a result, email, instant messages, blogs, chat rooms, online gaming, and other online networking mechanisms are becoming a larger part of the social network of today's children and youth (Sinclair, 2007).
While expanding the means for social networking, these technologies also offer potential opportunities for child sexual exploitation (National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre, 2006; Wittreich, Grewal and Sinclair, 2008).
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).
While an extraordinary tool, the Internet comes with risks.
For children these risks include the dangers of sexual exploitation, such as luring through the Internet.
Thus, the proportion of child luring incidents not cleared by the laying of charges or cleared otherwise may be explained by the difficulties inherent in identifying and apprehending online predators outside of the borderless and seemingly anonymous world of the Internet.