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14 June 2016

INTERPOL supports new Guidelines on child sexual exploitation and abuse terminology

GENEVA, Switzerland – A Global Interagency Working Group has released the Terminology Guidelines for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, taking an important step in strengthening collaboration to address the sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children.
The Terminology Guidelines, also known as the Luxembourg Guidelines, offer guidance on how to navigate the complex lexicon of terms commonly used when addressing the exploitation and sexual abuse of children.
The Guidelines make precise recommendations on the terminology to use when it comes to terms such as 'child pornography', 'child sex tourism' and 'child prostitution'.

INTERPOL welcomes the development of harmonized and internationally-recognized terminology in this area, particularly in the context of law enforcement activity, including victim identification.

Its Vulnerable Communities Unit has always supported the use of appropriate terminology to avoid trivializing the sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

To ensure that police are 'speaking the same language' in the fight against child sexual exploitation, the Organization will implement these guidelines as best practice and recommend their use to law enforcement across its 190 member countries.

The Guidelines are being made available to all major child protection agencies and organizations around the world, as well as to law-makers and the media. They aim to build consensus on key concepts in order to strengthen data collection and cooperation across agencies, sectors and countries.

The Guidelines are available on and will be made available in French and Spanish.

Interagency Working Group Members

African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, Child Rights Connect, Council of Europe Secretariat, ECPAT, Europol, INHOPE - The International Association of Internet Hotlines, Instituto Interamericano del niño, la niña y adolescentes (OEA), International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, International Labour Office, International Telecommunication Organisation, INTERPOL, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Plan International, Save the Children International, United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Observers: The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, The University of Bedfordshire, The International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking, Oak Foundation.

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