Strasbourg, 22.03.2010 – In ratifying the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse today, San Marino has cleared the way for the convention to come into force on 1 July this year.
Designed to protect children against all forms of sexual violence, whether committed by persons close to the victims (such as sexual abuse within the family or in care facilities) or by strangers, the convention represents a significant advance in terms of stepping up prevention, victim protection and the prosecution of offenders, regardless of where the offences are committed, while also fostering international co-operation.
To date, the convention has been signed by 38 countries and ratified by five of them: Albania, Denmark, Greece, the Netherlands and San Marino.
The convention also includes measures to fight offences committed through the Internet, such as online child pornography and “grooming” (where adults seek to enter into contact with children or adolescents for sexual purposes, for example through chat rooms).
San Marino’s ratification comes on the eve of the opening of the Council of Europe’s annual conference on cybercrime, which will focus in particular on the measures to be taken to combat more effectively the sexual abuse and exploitation of children via the Internet. Should child pornography content be taken down or access to the relevant sites blocked? Over 300 participants from the public and private sectors from all over the world will carry forward the debate already under way at national level in several European countries.
Governments which have not yet done so are once again urged to sign and ratify the Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse and the Convention on Cybercrime.
For more information, see www.coe.int/children and www.coe.int/cybercrime.
Council of Europe Directorate of Communication
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 25 60
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 39 11
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-Trafficking in Persons Report 2016 -- Complete Report (PDF)
-Introductory Material (PDF)
-Country Narratives: A-C (PDF)
-Country Narratives: D-I (PDF)
-Country Narratives: J-M (PDF)
-Country Narratives: N-S (PDF)
-Country Narratives: T-Z and Special Case (PDF)
-Relevant International Conventions/Closing Material (PDF)
These are some of the things you can do to help fight human trafficking:
Be informed! Educate yourself about human trafficking by reading about it. Follow events in the news. Keep your eyes open - human trafficking is happening all around us.
Raise awareness! Talk to friends, family and colleagues. You could even start talking to your local politicians and authorities.
Get involved! Participate in an anti-trafficking movement in your area and get involved in its activities and campaigns (e.g. hold events, distribute posters, leaflets etc.) in your neighborhood and in schools.
Encourage businesses! Be a responsible consumer! Inform yourself on the labour policies of companies to ensure their products are free from slave labour and other forms of exploitation. If possible, buy fair trade products.
Seek support! If you suspect that someone has been trafficked report it to the institutions or assistance facilities dealing with human trafficking in your area.
"It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name -- modern slavery."
– President Barack OBAMA