Under both State and Federal laws, it is against the law for minors to send and for anyone else to receive sexually suggestive photos or sexually exploitive images, text or video over an internet chat room.Those who engage in this type of behavior can be prosecuted under state or United States Code child pornography and solicitation laws.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) may investigate sexual solicitation or exploitation.

All Internet crimes against children as well as the regulations for internet crime task forces are detailed in 42 USC § 17615.

According to this statute, the term “child exploitation” refers to any conduct, attempted conduct, or conspiracy to engage in conduct involving a minor that violates section 1591, chapter 109A, chapter 110, and chapter 117 of title 18 or any sexual activity involving a minor for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense.

Chat rooms are Internet forums for conversing online through instant messaging and sometimes video messaging.

The purpose of chat rooms largely depends on each individual user.

They can be used for simple chat, online gaming and even purely for informational purposes.

Due to the increasing number of cases involving the online solicitation of minors, chat rooms have "rules of behavior" that users must follow.

However, unless behavior in chat rooms is explicitly reported or specifically investigated, users may send and receive what they please.

Some chat rooms have become a popular hub for sexual solicitation or "cybersex." Cybersex takes Internet chat rooms to a completely different level.