The Council of Europe’s Convention on the
Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse is now
officially in force in Turkey.
To mark this entry into force, both punitive, regulatory measures as well as
positive, practical initiatives have been announced to protect children
against sexual exploitation and abuse.
The following actions are now considered a crime: arranging to meet children
via internet for sexual purposes, and owning (or storing), producing,
selling, distributing, broadcasting and offering child sexual abuse images.
Classes for children to better protect themselves are being offered as a
preventive measure, and several practical initiatives have been proposed
including: opening an emergency line for children, widely investigating
statements given by children who have been the victims of sexual
molestation, and creating a DNA database which will be nationally and
For more information, please consult the