New EU online privacy law may increase risk of child sexual exploitation


New EU online privacy law may increase risk of child sexual exploitation

  • Proposed changes to the EU online privacy laws may make it harder for the tech industry to identify and remove child sexual abuse images.
  • More than 30 NGOs and campaigner groups have sent a letter to EU President Junkers asking for the EU Council of Ministers to amend the wording of the proposed regulation – so that specialist software that tracks child sexual abuse imagery can still be permitted to operate.
  • Unless changed, the proposed regulation threatens to undermine efforts by governments, law enforcement agencies, NGOs and others that have been fighting this crime for years in collaboration with the private sector.

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Rape without physical contact, is it punishable by law?

Yes, in a judgment of 25 September last, the Brussels Court of First Instance sentenced a man for rape of a minor, without the author having had any physical contact with his victim, the abuse taking place by means of a webcam. A verdict that will hopefully set a precedent because it sweeps away the idea that rape cannot be committed “at a distance”, as is the case with new technologies. Read more…

Petit Paul, a well-founded polemic?

For several weeks, critics have been hovering around the comic book Petit Paul, an adult book telling the story of a 10-year-old boy with a disproportionate sex. Because it illustrates extremely explicit sexual acts between a minor boy and adult women, this comic book rightly shocked many readers. Read more … 

Jeudis de l’Hémicycle: Child Trafficking.

What is child trafficking and which forms does it take? What are the challenges but also the good practices in terms of identification and protection of child victims? These are some questions that will be addressed during a roundable co-organised by ECPAT Belgium and the French-speaking Brussels Parliament. The different topics will be explored through concrete examples given by front-line professionals (police officer,                                                                                                                                          magistrate, support centers for victims).

Venue: French-speaking Brussels Parliament (rue du Lombard 69, 1000 Brussels)

Date: 8 november, from 9am to 13am



Child Trafficking in the Heart of Europe

In the framework of the “Quinzaine de la Solidarité Internationale”, ECPAT Belgium and PAG-ASA have held an event to better understand child trafficking.

The evening started with the documentary “Trafficking in the Heart of Europe. The viewing was followed by an engaging Q&A featuring the co-director of the documentary (Sylvia Nagel) and field actors: Espéranto (center for child victims of trafficking) and PAG-ASA  (support center for victims of trafficking). The evening ended with the launching of “Photo-Voice, a photo exhibition with pictures taken by victims of                                                                                                          trafficking.




The event was attended by over 60 participants who actively participated to the discussion afterwards.  If you missed the event, you can find the pictures here.

Great success for Venise sous la neige


You didn’t see the snow, neither did you see Venice but what the Philantroupe gave us was even better! A night filled with laughs, discussions and solidarity since the play was given in favour of DBA, CAP’TEN and ECPAT Belgium. Thank you for making this evening a wonderful success!

If you would like to experience this unforgettable moment again, clic here.

Join the Blue Heart Campaign !

Did you know that 30 July is the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons?
This year the focus is set on the protection of children against this crime.

Because 1/3 of the trafficked victims worldwide are under 18.
Because a transnational crime requires a transnational response
Because exploitaion of children happens everywhere, also in Belgium
Because all of us should be aware of the signs

Join the BlueHeart Campaign and say no to child trafficking.

Go4Tips, what is that ?

The new app Go4Tips « I say STOP ! » is an innovative tool developed by ECPAT Belgium to raise awareness of citizens and professionnels about the sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism.
How much do you remember after a training ? Not so much if you don’t re-activate the content on a regular basis.

With the help of interactive cards that can be downloaded for free, everyone can test his/her knowledge about the topic but also remember how to react when faced with a situation of potential abuse. Try it, you will not regret it !

3147 times thank you !

Thanks to your incredible support, ECPAT Belgium has collected 3147 euro for the (Dé)clic project. We will be able to continue our prevention activities on online safety with the youth. The project will be implemented as from September 2018. If you know a school or center for unaccompanied foreign minors that would be interested by the project, please share their contact details.

Once again, thank you for your generosity and stay tuned !

Child protection Summit in Colombia

Put 400 committed professionnals from different sectors and different countries in the same room.
Make share their experience in the fight against sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism.
And you will get innovative solutions to better handle this crime internationally, such as the Call for Action

It is exactly what happened during the International Child Protection Summit organised by the Colombian government and ECPAT Colombia (6-7 June, Bogota)

During this conference, ECPAT Belgium was invited to share good practices against sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism. It was the opportunity to present the “I say STOP!” campaign, a unique initiative in Europe, as well as the innovative methods used by ECPAT Belgium to raise awareness on the topic.

The General Assembly of the ECPAT movement also took place in Bogota (5 June). An important moment for the 102 ECPAT groups to enhance synergies and strategies against sexual exploitation of children worldwide. Motivating but also mouving moments !