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European Economic and Social Committee to take stand in protection of children from travelling sex offenders

Post  pm on Tue 14 Jul - 18:38

EESC to take determined stand in protection of children from travelling sex offenders
European Economic and Social Committee press release via Europa Press Rapid

Two months after a broad public hearing on the issue, on 15 July 2009 the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will vote to adopt an opinion calling for a binding European strategy for the protection of children from travelling sex offenders. The opinion will be presented in a press breakfast in the Jacques Delors building of the EESC at 09:00 on Wednesday morning.

The EESC initiative, set out in its opinion by Madi Sharma [Rapporteur of opinion TEN/343, EESC Member (Group I, UK)] , includes a series of proposals in an effort to urge EU institutions to adopt a comprehensive European strategy for the protection of children from travelling sex offenders. According to the draft opinion, it is imperative that sex offenders do not remain the responsibility of foreign jurisdictions. Repeat offenders often stay in the country where they have offended or travel to other countries to avoid detection. As a result, European authorities are unaware when an abuser comes into Europe, a situation that presents an increased risk to European children.

Highlighting the fact that the sexual abuse of children through travel is part of a well established lucrative global sex industry, the EESC will put forward a host of measures that amount to a strengthened child-focused approach. These include the establishment of international partnerships for police cooperation and the deportation of offenders, barring sex offenders from working overseas, and the provision of mechanisms for education for the public and counselling for victims.

In addition to the proposed measures, the EESC is calling on all EU Member States to ratify the relevant Council of Europe Convention, to prove their commitment to the protection of children globally.

Press Breakfast

M s Madi Sharma, President Mario Sepi and Lucien Stöpler of Terre des Hommes will present and discuss the EESC opinion and the EESC's proposed new ethical travel policy.
Date : Wednesday 15 July 2009, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Place : VIP salon 4+5, 1 st floor, Jacques Delors Building, 99 Rue Belliard, 1040 Brussels

For more details, please contact:
Barbara Gessler at the EESC Press Office,
99 rue Belliard, B-1040 Brussels
Tel.: +32 2 546 9396; Mobile: +32 475 75 32 02
Email: press@eesc.europa.eu
Website: http://www.eesc.europa.eu/


The previous public hearing on 6 May 2009 focused:

The key challenge of this public hearing is to reinforce employers' awareness of this issue, which could be achieved by putting into place a European project: "Europe Against the Sexual Exploitation of Children". For European employers in particular, fighting against child prostitution, child pornography and trafficking of children for sexual purposes is being gradually perceived as a matter for corporate social responsibility.

EU authorities, the Member States, the travel and tourism industry and European NGOs are all increasingly concerned about the rise in child sexual exploitation inside and outside the EU, together with the increase in activity and geographical expansion. Joint strategies and further actions focusing on prevention and penalties must be developed to combat this problem.

Europe protecting children from sex tourism – main conclusions of the public hearing at the EESC - PDF Document

Related links:
ECPAT International

* The European Economic and Social Committee represents the various economic and social components of organised civil society. It is an institutional consultative body established by the 1957 Treaty of Rome. Its consultative role enables its members, and hence the organisations they represent, to participate in the Community decision-making process. The Committee has 344 members, who are appointed by the Council of Ministers.

Documents [in English, for other languages see EESC Extra]


CES1384-2008_NIAI - Protecting children from tourism - Information memo - own-initiative opinion
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R_CES1969-2008_POJ - SOC/317 Protecting children from sex tourism -DRAFT AGENDA
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R_CES1385-2008_DT - Protecting children from sex tourism - Working document
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R_CES1971-2008_APA - Protecting children from sex tourism - Preliminary draft opinion

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R_CES1970-2008_CONV-POJ - Protecting children from sex tourism - Notice of meeting – Draft Agenda
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CES1971-2008_PA - Protecting children from travelling sex offenders- Draft opinion
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CES1971-2008_AM1_AM - Protecting children from travelling sex offenders - Amendment
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CES1971-2008_FIN_AS - Protecting children from travelling sex offenders - Section opinion
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CES1384-2008_FIN_NI - Protecting children from travelling sex offenders - Information Memo
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Re: European Economic and Social Committee to take stand in protection of children from travelling sex offenders

Post  Susan on Tue 14 Jul - 20:45

In addition to the proposed measures, the EESC should also be telling parents not to leave children alone so these predators can get to your children easily!

And if they dont abide by this simple rule those said parents should and will be prosecuted!

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