Luring refers to the criminal act of an adult communicating with someone believed to be a child via the Internet with the intent to commit certain sexual offences or child abduction (kidnapping). Offences that count as luring include an invitation to sexual touching, incest, corrupting morals, sexual assault and sexually explicit remarks. Depending on the offence, the law considers a child to be anyone under 14 or under 18 years old.
If you are the victim of luring and are in danger, call the police at 9-1-1. If you are not in immediate danger and want to talk to someone about what’s happening, call VictimLink BC at 1-800-563-0808.
Luring is a serious offence and is punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and/or imprisonment for up to six months. For more serious offences it may be punishable by imprisonment for up to five years. Crime Stoppers Canada created this short video on luring.