Sexual grooming of children also occurs on the Internet.
Some abusers will pose as children online and make arrangements to meet with them in person.
In Costa Rica, since April 2013, the Criminal Code section 167 bis, makes it an offence to seduce a child by electronic means.
With penalties from one to 3 years of imprisonment for a person that, by any means attempts to establish an erotic or sexual communication with a child under 15 years old.
Offenders often act together, establishing a relationship with a child or children before sexually exploiting them.
The maximum punishment is 2 years of imprisonment or a fine of the fourth category.Localised grooming is a form of sexual exploitation – previously referred to as ‘on street grooming’ in the media - where children have been groomed and sexually exploited by an offender, having initially met in a location outside their home.This location is usually in public, such as a park, cinema, on the street or at a friend’s house.The concept of localised grooming, in which gangs groom neighbourhood victims, was defined in 2010 by the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.Detective Inspector Kay Wallace surrounded by computers, mobile phones and digital storage devices seized from the homes of suspected paedophiles.