How is Europe protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation?

ECPAT Belgium, Missing Children Europe and eNASCO have launched a report that examines the transposition of Directive 2011/93/EU on combatting sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and child pornography by 27 Member States.

Together against sexual exploitation of children

ECPAT coordinates the analysis regarding extradition laws and support to the victims. The results have been presented during a workshop held in April 2015 in front of représentatives of the Member States of the European Union in Brussels.

Studies suggest that between 10-20% of children in Europe are sexually assaulted during their childhood. This phenomenon is not decreasing and certain forms of sexual violence are becoming a matter of growing concern. The Internet has made it easier to “groom” children or to produce and distribute child sexual exploitation material. Children portrayed in pornography are getting younger and the images are becoming more graphic and more violent.

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