Commercial sexual exploitation of children

Global Monitoring Report on the Status of Action against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children - Belgium (2015)

The “Global Monitoring Report on the Status of Action against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children” evaluates the provisions of the Belgian system on prevention, protection of victims and prosecution of perpetrators related to the commercial sexual exploitation of children (prostitution, pornography, trafficking and sex tourism).

Trafficking in children for sexual purposes

 Belgium Progess Card (ECPAT International, 2010)

The Progress Card is a report published at the launch of the campaign “Stop sex trafficking of children” that was conducted in partnership with The Body Shop and ECPAT International. The report aims to present the legal framework and other key measures that have been implemented in Belgium in order to address the issue of child trafficking. These are followed by recommendations to undertake at the national level to reach better protection of children against trafficking.

La traite des enfants en Belgique : quelle protection ? (ECPAT Belgium, 2012)

At the end of the campaign “Stop sex trafficking of children”, ECPAT published an analysis on the progress made by Belgium to support and protect child victims of trafficking. This analysis is based on the recommendations relayed to the Belgian Government by ECPAT in July 2011 during the handover of more than 100,000 petitions demanding better protection of child victims of trafficking.

L’impact de la Directive européenne contre la traite des êtres humains sur la protection des enfants en Belgique (ECPAT Belgium, 2013)

At the occasion of the 7th EU Anti-Trafficking Day, ECPAT Belgium has published an analysis on the impact of the Directive 2011/36/EU on the protection of children from trafficking in Belgium.

Trafficking in and smuggling of human beings annual reports 

Myria (Federal migration center) annually publishes a Report on trafficking in and smuggling of human beings in Belgium. It reviews the evolution of the phenomenon and present the latest data. Each year a specific topic in relation to trafficking is developed: trafficking for labour exploitation, money, trust, etc.

Annual Report 2013: Building Bridges

Annual Report 2012: Building Trust

Annual Report 2011: The Money That Matters

Report concerning the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by Belgium (GRETA, 2013)

GRETA is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by the Parties. The first report evaluating on Belgium was published on September 2013.

Child Prostitution

Jeunes prostituées et réponses sociales (Myriam Dieleman, 2006)

A study was conducted by Myriam Dieleman in 2006 on child prostitution in the French Community.

Sur la corde raide du Net (Child Focus, 2008)

A similar study on child prostitution focusing on the Flemish Community was published by Child Focus in 2008. The study assesses the extent of child prostitution and attempts to describe the use of new technologies in the context of child prostitution.

Children’s rights

Alternative report by the NGOs on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (2010)

In 2010,  the Coordination des ONG pour les droits de l’enfant (CODE) and the Kinderrechtencoalitie Vlaanderen (KIRECO) published an alternative report on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The report’ s objective is to analyse how Belgian legislation and practices conform to the Convention and to give a clear picture on how the Convention is put into practice in Belgium.

National Commission on the Rights of the Child

The National Commission on the Rights of the Child is an official human rights body where governmental and non-governmental organisations meet to discuss and find solutions for the remaining problems regarding the realisation of children’s rights in Belgium, since May 2007.