Section 272.19 Criminal Code Act | Encouraging Child Sexual Activity Outside Australia


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Section 272.19 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) is Encouraging Child Sexual Activity Outside Australia and is extracted below.

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272.19 Encouraging offence against this Division

(1) A person commits an offence if:

(a) the person engages in conduct; and

(b) the person does so with the intention of encouraging an offence against this Division (other than this section or section 272.20); and

(c) the conduct is reasonably capable of encouraging such an offence.

Penalty: Imprisonment for 20 years.

(2) Subsection (1) applies

(a) whether the conduct is engaged in within or outside Australia; and

(b) whether or not an offence against this Division is in fact committed.

(3) Absolute liability applies to paragraph (1)(c).

Note: For absolute liability, see section 6.2.

(4) In this section, encourage means:

(a) encourage, incite to, or urge, by any means whatever, (including by a written, electronic or other form of communication); or

(b) aid, facilitate, or contribute to, in any way whatever.