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In the early years of the 21st Century                                                        gvnet.com/childprostitution/Switzerland.htm

Swiss Confederation (Switzerland)

Switzerland is a peaceful, prosperous, and stable modern market economy with low unemployment, a highly skilled labor force, and a per capita GDP among the highest in the world. Switzerland's economy benefits from a highly developed service sector led by financial services and a manufacturing industry that specializes in high-technology, knowledge-based production.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

Switzerland

CAUTION:  The following links and accompanying text have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in Switzerland.  Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated, misleading or even false.   No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.

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Experts warn of teenage prostitution trend

Thomas Stephens, swissinfo, Oct 28, 2008

www.swissinfo.ch/eng/Home/Archive/Experts_warn_of_teenage_prostitution_trend.html?cid=7002010

[accessed 26 July 2011]

Teenage girls in Switzerland are increasingly turning to prostitution to be able to afford expensive designer goods, according to media reports.

The Swiss Child Protection Association has called for the age of consent in Switzerland to be raised from 16 to 18 in the case of prostitutes.  It warned that because the legal age for prostitution in neighbouring Germany was 21 and in France and Italy 18, Switzerland risked becoming a "paradise for tourists seeking teenage sex".  "We have to close this legal loophole," said Ruth-Gaby Vermot, a former parliamentarian who sits on the association's board. "Otherwise our slack legislation will attract punters from abroad who know they can have sex [with 16- or 17-year-olds] and not get punished."

Prostitution is legal in Switzerland. The age of consent is 16, although if the age gap between parties is three years or less – for example between a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old – no charges can be brought.

Study on Child Prostitution

ECPAT International Newsletters - Issue No:27  1/May/1999

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 26 July 2011]

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STUDY ON CHILD PROSTITUTION - ECPAT Switzerland published in March its report on “Child Prostitution in Switzerland”.  The 60 documented cases and eight in-depth interviews with victims show that commercial sexual abuse of children includes domestic violence, where fathers, stepfathers and other relatives rape children and then sell them to dealers for money.  At the same time, cases of children who flee from home to the streets and make their living from prostitution were also found.

 

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Human Rights Reports » 2004 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, February 28, 2005

www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2004/41711.htm

[accessed 8 March 2011]

CHILDREN - With respect to the prosecution of child sexual abuse abroad, the law provides for prosecution in Switzerland only if the act is considered a crime in the country in which it took place.

Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 7 June 2002

www1.umn.edu/humanrts/crc/switzerland2002.html

[accessed 28 December 2010]

[52] While welcoming the amendments to the Penal Code prohibiting the possession of hard-core pornography, including child pornography and the establishment of a new centre against cyber-crime in 2003, the Committee remains concerned at the lack of knowledge about the scope of sexual exploitation of children, in particular vulnerable groups, in the State party.

Experts warn of teenage prostitution trend

Thomas Stephens, swissinfo, Oct 28, 2008

www.swissinfo.ch/eng/Home/Archive/Experts_warn_of_teenage_prostitution_trend.html?cid=7002010

[accessed 26 July 2011]

Teenage girls in Switzerland are increasingly turning to prostitution to be able to afford expensive designer goods, according to media reports.

The Swiss Child Protection Association has called for the age of consent in Switzerland to be raised from 16 to 18 in the case of prostitutes.  It warned that because the legal age for prostitution in neighbouring Germany was 21 and in France and Italy 18, Switzerland risked becoming a "paradise for tourists seeking teenage sex".  "We have to close this legal loophole," said Ruth-Gaby Vermot, a former parliamentarian who sits on the association's board. "Otherwise our slack legislation will attract punters from abroad who know they can have sex [with 16- or 17-year-olds] and not get punished."

Prostitution is legal in Switzerland. The age of consent is 16, although if the age gap between parties is three years or less – for example between a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old – no charges can be brought.

Five Years After Stockholm [PDF]

ECPAT: Fifth Report on implementation of the Agenda for Action

ECPAT International, November 2001

www.no-trafficking.org/content/web/05reading_rooms/five_years_after_stockholm.pdf

[accessed 13 September 2011]

[B] COUNTRY UPDATES – SWITZERLAND – According to government sources the Federal Council has adopted a Plan of Action following the UN Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995.  In that plan, there is a chapter on measures to improve the situation of girls including protection against sexual exploitation.

Report by Special Rapporteur [DOC]

UN Economic and Social Council Commission on Human Rights, Fifty-ninth session, 6 January 2003

www.unhchr.ch/Huridocda/Huridoca.nsf/0/217511d4440fc9d6c1256cda003c3a00/$FILE/G0310090.doc

[accessed 26 July 2011]

[69] The Penal Code criminalizes the trafficking of human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation.  One case involving a minor was reported in 1997 and two in 1998.  A parliamentary commission is currently examining proposed legislation to improve the situation of foreign victims of trafficking.  The encouragement of a minor to prostitute him-/herself, the use of children in the production of pornography, and, since April 2002, the possession of child pornography are criminal offences.  However, children who have reached the age of sexual consent (16) may legally prostitute themselves.

ECPAT Switzerland

ECPAT International

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 26 July 2011]

RECENT ACTIVITIES: In a previous year, ECPAT Switzerland conducted research into the incidence of CSEC in Switzerland.  More recently the organization produced an extensive report on areas where there is need to take action against CSEC in the country.  ECPAT Switzerland will continue to pressure the central government to develop a plan of action against CSEC as per its commitment at the Stockholm Congress in 1996.

Study on Child Prostitution

ECPAT International Newsletters - Issue No:27  1/May/1999

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 26 July 2011]

[scroll down]

STUDY ON CHILD PROSTITUTION - ECPAT Switzerland published in March its report on “Child Prostitution in Switzerland”.  The 60 documented cases and eight in-depth interviews with victims show that commercial sexual abuse of children includes domestic violence, where fathers, stepfathers and other relatives rape children and then sell them to dealers for money.  At the same time, cases of children who flee from home to the streets and make their living from prostitution were also found.

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