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Belgium – Fighting Impunity of Transnational Child Sex Offenders: Impact of the Belgian Extraterritorial Legislation

by ECPAT Belgium in 2016

Since 1995, Belgium has adopted extraterritorial legislation to facilitate the prosecution of transnational child sex offenders living or passing through the Belgian territory.

This report analyses the successes but also the challenges in the implementation of the law (poor data collection, difficulty to gather evidence on the crime, few/low convictions, almost no victim compensation, etc.). The need for more use of prevention mechanisms is also underlined (exchange of criminal records, passport cancellation, international cooperation, etc.).

Available in: Dutch, English, French