11.10.2011 - Ms Najat Maalla M’jid, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the
sale of children, child prostitution and child
pornography, addressed the fourth meeting of the network
of contact parliamentarians on the 5th of October on the
issues surrounding “child sex tourism”.
Among the main themes which emerged from the discussion
was the need for international cooperation at all levels
in order to effectively combat child sex tourism, a
“comprehensive transnational legal framework”. Najat
Maalla M’jid stressed the importance of involving the
tourism industry in the fight against sex tourism.
States must be prepared to apply their laws extra
territorially in order to take action against the
perpetrators of crimes against children committed
During the meeting, which was chaired by Ms Liliane
Maury Pasquier (Switzerland, SOC), Mr Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands,
EPP/CD), contact Parliamentarian for the Netherlands,
was appointed as Rapporteur for the upcoming report on
child sex tourism.
The Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe,
Ms Maud de Boer-Buquicchio provided an update on the ONE
in FIVE Campaign. She reiterated that she has every hope
that the Lanzarote Convention and its monitoring
mechanism will meet expectations, and highlighted the
importance of Member States sharing expertise and
experiences with the Convention, which also contains
provisions on combating child sex tourism.
Interview of Najat Maalla M’jid
Intervention of Najat Maalla M’jid in PACE plenary