The trafficking of children for sexual purposes refers to the recruitment, transportation, harboring, transfer or receipt of children, inside or outside of a country’s border, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability, for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

Recent studies conducted by ECPAT show that an increasing number of children are trafficked within the borders of a country and that this occurs both in developing countries as well as in more industrialized nations such as in Europe and North America.

Law enforcement figures in 2015 show that a total of 399 reports of trafficking in human beings were recorded in Belgium.

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

For more information about the trafficking of children for sexual purposes:

Combating the Trafficking in Children for Sexual Purposes

 

Combating the Trafficking in Children for Sexual Purposes

 

Child Trafficking for Sexual Purposes (Child and Youth Version)

 

Child Trafficking for Sexual Purposes (Child and Youth Version)