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Council of Europe Convention to protect children against sexual exploitation and abuse


The Convention was adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 12 July 2007 at Strasbourg, and aims at preventing and combatting sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children; protecting the rights of child victims of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse and promoting national and international co-operation against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children.


This new Convention is the first instrument to establish the various forms of sexual abuse of children as criminal offences, including such abuse committed in the home or family, with the use of force, coercion or threats.

In addition to the offences traditionally committed in this field – sexual abuse, child prostitution, child pornography, children’s forced participation in pornographic performances – the text also addresses the issue of “grooming” of children for sexual purposes and “sex tourism”.