Update: 07.12.2016

Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography

Adopted on 25 May 2000 (Entered into force on 18 January 2002)
Ratified by 167 States (as at 2 June 2014; current count)

For Switzerland:
SR 0.107.2 (AS 2006 5441)
Ratification: 19 September 2006
Entry into force: 19 October 2006
Dispatch of 11 March 2005: BBl 2005 2807 (in German)

Text of the Protocol

Text: English

Implementation by Switzerland

The article in the Swiss Penal Code concerning human trafficking was revised in connection with the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. Before that, the relevant article only sanctioned the sale of children for sexual exploitation. Now, also the trafficking in human beings serving commercial organ trafficking and slave labour is punishable.

First reporting cycle (2011-2015)

With three years’ delay, Switzerland has adopted its first periodic report on the implementation of the Optional Protocol in December 2011. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child examined the report together with the second, third and fourth report by Switzerland on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The first reporting procedure came to a close in the beginning of February 2015 in the concluding observations of the UN Committee to the address of Switzerland.

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