Fighting impunity of transnational child sex offenders. What is the impact of the Belgian extraterritorial legislation?

Twenty years ago, Belgium passed a law facilitating the prosecution of transnational child sex offenders before Belgian courts. This tool reflects the willingness to take firm action against those who were called “child sex tourists”.

However, what is the real impact of this law? How many offenders have been prosecuted? What were the successes and challenges of the legal procedures? And finally, is one law enough? These are some of the many elements discussed in this study which seeks to be accessible to both the general public and professionals.

Global Monitoring Report on the Status of Action against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, ECPAT Belgium issues a study on the implementation of actions against commercial sexual exploitation of children in Belgium.

This report lists the existing measures to prevent and protect children from sexual exploitation at the national level, underlining the progress made since 1989 but also the persisting gaps. A specific focus has been set on the coordination between stakeholders as well as on the participation of children in prevention actions.

ECPAT Belgium calls for more initiatives from the Belgian government to actively fight against commercial sexual exploitation of children and lists a couple of recommendations at the end of the report: the adoption of a national plan of action against CSEC; improving the training of front line workers coming into contact with potential CSEC victims; increasing support for victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking; and increasing child and youth participation in the fight against CSEC.