According to reports, government ministers are calling for the introduction of entrapment procedures that will allow police officers to catch criminals operating in online chatrooms.
The power to mount "sting" operations in the UK would be targeted at paedophiles who use chatrooms to meet children and 'groom' them for abusive relationships.
The government's proposal to introduce the "light and moth" tactic, employed by the US, follows the sentencing of Patrick Green last week. Green was the first Internet chatroom paedophile to be sentenced in the UK.
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