The term "grooming" refers to a practice where an adult seeks to establish a relationship of trust with a minor, either anonymously or under a false identity, over a prolonged period (weeks or months), with a view to convincing them to perform acts of a sexual nature (online and offline).
The phenomenon of grooming has emerged alongside the rise of social media.
It is an offence punishable under Article 385-2 of the Luxembourg Criminal Code by imprisonment for between one and three years and a fine of between €251 to €50,000. The penalty increases to imprisonment for between one and five years and a fine of between €251 to €75,000 when the propositions have been followed by a meeting.
If you (or your child) have been the victim of grooming, it is important you contact the Police.