Online Enticement occurs when someone is communicating with a child via the internet with the intent to exploit them. In most cases, there is a sexual intent. The online enticement of children occurs in a variety of ways and involves boys and girls of all ages.
Some methods include:
Engaging the child in sexual conversation / role-play as a grooming method
Asking the child for sexually explicit images of themselves
Developing a positive rapport with the child, often through compliments, praise, discussing "shared" interests or acting caring/empathic, "liking"/commenting on children’s online posts, Sending unprompted sexually explicit images of themselves
Pretending to be younger often by lying to the children
Offering sexually explicit images of themselves to children
Offering something (other than images) in exchange for fulfilling their goal such as some type of financial incentive (e.g. money, gift card, etc.); promises to buy them goods/gifts; substances (e.g. alcohol, drugs, cigarettes) and; other necessities, such as lodging, transportation or food.
According to National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s (NCMEC), their CyberTipline received 18.4 million reports in 2018; most involving child pornography, online enticement, sex trafficking and child sexual molestation.