Public Opinion is Clear: Urgent Legislation Required to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation! Read the story


Men, women and children in Belarus are trafficked for sexual purposes within the country as well as abroad in Russia, Poland and Turkey. In 2015, NGOs reported that out of the 263 trafficking victims assisted that year, 47 of them were children.

Between January and October 2015, the Belarusian authorities registered 193 criminal cases of pedophilia. During the same period, 506 crimes involving the commercial exploitation of children were investigated.

INTERPOL data singles out Belarus as the Eastern European country with the most number of children identified in child sexual abuse material, with 91 identified victims in 2013.


ECPAT International
Belarus – Country Monitoring Report

Year: 2011

ECPAT International
Regional Overview: The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the Commonwealth of Independent States

Year: 2014

News from Belarus


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Extraterritoriality & Extradition


Active extraterritoriality is provided for crimes committed outside Belarus if the double criminality requirement is fulfilled and if they have not incurred in criminal liability in that country. Passive extraterritoriality is not provided for crimes committed outside Belarus against Belarus citizens and residents. Article 6 (3) of the Criminal Code provides for universal jurisdiction over certain crimes committed outside Belarus by foreigners and stateless (as human trafficking (art. 181)); and offences committed outside Belarus prosecutable on the basis of an international treaty by which Belarus is bound.

A citizen of the Republic of Belarus may not be extradited to a foreign state, unless provided by treaties to which Belarus is a party. Extraditable offences are those punishable under Belarusian Criminal Code and punishable by deprivation of liberty for a term of at least one year under the legislation of Belarus or that of the State requesting extradition. Most SEC-related carry greater penalties and would be considered as extraditable offences. However, the extradition for offences like child sexual abuse contained in Article 168 of the Criminal Code could be denied as it does not establish a minimum limit.

Criminal Code Code of Criminal Procedure, 1999 (modified 2023),

CSAM Definition

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Background Check Required

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National Commitments

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Child Advocacy Centers

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SEC Police Unit

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Protection Standards Travel and Tourism

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