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ECPAT Norge/Norway (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking Norway/Norge) has the mission to work against all forms of sexual exploitation of children in Norway and internationally in accordance with ECPAT International’s goals and visions.

ECPAT Norway

Contact: Ann-Kristin Vervik
Phone: +47 928 32 848
Address: ECPAT Norway, Øvre Slottsgate 3, 0157, Oslo, Norway


Norway is primarily a destination and, to a lesser extent, transit and source country for children subjected to trafficking for sexual purposes. Victims of human trafficking identified in Norway originate usually from Albania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Nigeria, Romania and Syria. Vulnerable children include, among others, children who had disappeared or been recruited from asylum centres by organised trafficking groups.

Amendments to the Norwegian Criminal Code, which entered into effect on January 2016, increased the maximum years of imprisonment for human trafficking from five to six. Police’s ability to use coercive means was also expanded when investigating cases of serious trafficking in persons, as well as cases involving child sexual abuse material. In 2015, the government identified and provided services to 41 children victims of trafficking. To date, there have been around 10 convictions related to minors in the area of human trafficking.

Norwegian country governors have organised courses for kindergarten, school, child welfare and healthcare staff on talking to children about violence and sexual abuse in order to raise awareness and prevent related crimes.


ECPAT Norway
Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism: Norway

Year: 2018

ECPAT International
Norway – Country Monitoring Report

Year: 2012

News from Norway


Age of Consent


Age of sexual consent is set at 16 years. Provision for a waiver of penalty exists if the persons involved are approximately equal in age and development, however no specific age-gap is identified.

Norwegian Penal Code (2005), 2021

Extraterritoriality & Extradition

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CSAM Definition

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Background Check Required

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National Commitments


Norway has ratified the CRC, the OPSC, the Trafficking Protocol and the ILO Convention No.182.

Norway has also ratified the Council of Europe’s Lanzarote and Budapest Conventions.

Norway has not ratified the OPIC and the UNWTO Framework Convention on Tourism Ethics.


Child Advocacy Centers


There are 11 child advocacy centres in Norway, however due to geographical locations some children may not be able to access these., 2021

SEC Police Unit


National police units that include sexual exploitation of children in their mandate exist and function effectively. Dedicated allocation of budget is made. Both offences under national and extra-territorial jurisdictions can be addressed by these units., 2021

Protection Standards Travel and Tourism

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Public SEC Case Data

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