Criminal Law Quarterly
Response or Comment
R. v. Morrison
Children and youth routinely have easy, unsupervised access to the internet through smartphones and tablets. This connectivity increases the danger that adults will sexually exploit them. Adult chat rooms, which may require nothing more than a child checking a box indicating that they are over the age of 18, are a common site for such exploitation. In most cases, this behaviour only comes to light when either a parent becomes aware of the activity, or when an in-person sexual offence against a child is detected and the online communications are discovered in the course of the investigation.
Isabel Grant & Janine Benedet, "Unreasonable Steps: Trying to Make Sense of R. v. Morrison" (2019) 67 Crim LQ 14.