With the enactment of the Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, this may soon become a reality in Europe.

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Compounding the problem is the lack of direct governance by an international body, which will curb the illegal content and activity.

Most countries already have laws protecting children, but what is needed is a concerted law enforcement and international legislation to combat child sex abuse.

Chat rooms -- like e-mail, instant messaging (IM) and online social networks -- are virtual extensions of real-world human interaction.

Chat rooms are online spaces where users communicate with one another through text-based messages.

WHEN a millionaire Manhattan advertising executive made a date for sex with a 13-year-old girl he met on the Internet, he told her to wear her school clothes for their rendezvous, police said.

Eric Wahl, 42, allegedly met his date in Greenwich Village last October and accompanied her to a nearby hotel room, where he paid cash for a room using an alias.In the mid-1980s, a company called Play Net began tinkering with the combination of real-time chat and online games.Users could play chess or backgammon against an opponent and talk trash at the same time.It's like a virtual cocktail party, where strangers gather to flirt, argue about politics and sports, ask for advice, talk about shared hobbies and interests, or simply hang out.Chat rooms have played an important role in the evolution of interpersonal communication over computer networks. Then came USENET, an e-mail based newsgroup started in 1979. Some bulletin board users wanted to interact with the group in real time instead of waiting to reply to an ongoing message thread.Recent advances in computer technology have been aiding sexual predators, stalkers, child pornographers, child traffickers, and others with the intent of exploiting children.