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1. It is not illegal to have a chat about an illegal activity, or to fantasise about performing an illegal act. Freedom of speech protects almost all speech, including speaking about illegal acts. In situations where the person is over 18, there is no difficulty with speaking about illegal or unlawful acts, even if they involve the fantasy whereby they are performed on underage boys or girls. The law in Europe is the same in all countries as the caselaw of the European Convention on Human rights protects all such speech, with very little limitation in relation to public morals. However, it is important in this instance that the other person is not underage and you are not propositioning them, as this would then enter into an area of illegality. Where as here, you appear to have been the victim of an incitement, you would have the additional defence of entrapment if you were ever prosecuted for your speech, if there was an issue here. However, what you did is not a crime in Ireland or in Holland.
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