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3 October 2009



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Legislation of INTERPOL member states on sexual offences against children

In order to set up a base document regarding legislation of the member countries of the International Criminal Police Organization-INTERPOL on child sex abuse, we asked member countries to provide us with a summary of the applicable legal texts regarding these offences.

You will find attached the replies we have received, country by country, and in one of the official INTERPOL languages chosen by the country (Arabic, English, French or Spanish)

The legislation contained herein is not always an official translation of the law. Whilst every care bas been taken to ensure accuracy, no guarantee is given that the material is free from error or omission. Judicial decisions and amendments may have affected the validity of the laws included.

The answers have been classified under the following headings:

  1. Ages for legal purposes
  2. Rape
  3. Other forms of child sex abuse
  4. Child prostitution
  5. Child pornography
  6. Internet
  7. Extra-territorial legislation

Some legislation makes specific reference to child prostitution and child pornography. If this is not the case, extracts are given concerning prostitution or pornography in general, if available.

The parts highlighted in italics correspond to the last updates of the document.



A
Albania | Algeria | Andorra | Argentina | Armenia | Australia | Austria | Azerbaijan
B
Bahamas | Bahrain | Barbados | Belarus | Belgium | Bhutan | Bolivia | Bosnia Herzegovina | Botswana | Brazil | Brunei | Bulgaria | Burundi  
C
Cambodia | Cameroon New | Canada | Chile | China  (Hong Kong) | Colombia | Costa Rica | Cote d'Ivoire | Croatia | Cuba | Cyprus | Czech Republic 
D
Denmark | Djibouti | Dominican Republic | Dominica 
E
Ecuador | Egypt | El Salvador | Estonia
F
Fiji | Finland | France
G
Gabon | Georgia | Germany | Gibraltar | Greece | Guatemala | Guinea | Guyana
H
Honduras | Hong Kong (China) | Hungary 
I
Iceland | India | Indonesia  | Ireland | Israel | Italy 
J
Jamaica | Japan  | Jordan 
K Kazakhstan | Kenya | Kyrgyzstan 
L
Laos | Latvia | Lebanon   | Lesotho | Liechtenstein  | Lithuania  | Luxembourg 
M
Macao | Malaysia | Malta | Mauritania | Mauritius | Mexico | Moldova | Monaco | Mongolia | Mozambique | Myanmar 
N
Namibia | Nepal | Netherlands | New Zealand  | Nicaragua | Norway
O Oman 
P
Pakistan | Panama | Peru | Philippines | Poland | Puerto Rico | Portugal New
Q Qatar  
R Romania | Russia  | Rwanda 
S Saudi Arabia  | St Kitts & Nevis | Serbia Montenegro | Senegal | Singapore | Seychelles | Slovakia | Slovenia | South Africa | Spain | Sri Lanka  |Sudan New | Swaziland | Sweden | Switzerland | Syria |
T Tajikistan New |Tanzania | Thailand | Trinidad & Tobago | Tunisia | Turkey | Turkmenistan  
U Uganda | Ukraine | United Arab Emirates | United Kingdom | United States | Uruguay | Uzbekistan 
V Venezuela 
Z Zimbabwe  




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