Conference « Prostitution of minors and young people »

ECPAT Belgium has been invited to speak during the Conference “Prostitution of minors and young people” organised by the Centre Femmes-Hommes of Verviers and Isala.

An important conference given the lack of information about the topic. Different aspects have been explored : which forms does the prostitution of minors take in Belgium ? What are the root causes ? How does the law tackle the phenomenon ? A survivor has shared her story which showed how isolated a victim of sexual exploitation can be.

The presence of politicians was encouraging though. Sophie Lambert, Isabelle Stommen and Hélène Ryckmans have called for urgent measures to better protect minors and reminded their willingness to implement concrete initiatives. To be continued.