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Republic of Austria

Austria is a well-developed market economy with skilled labor force and high standard of living. It is closely tied to other EU economies, especially Germany's, but also the US’, its third-largest trade partner. Its economy features a large service sector, a sound industrial sector, and a small, but highly developed agricultural sector.

Austrian economic growth strengthen in 2017, with a 2.9% increase in GDP. Austrian exports, accounting for around 60% of the GDP, were up 8.2% in 2017. Austria’s unemployment rate fell by 0.3% to 5.5%, which is low by European standards, but still at its second highest rate since the end of World War II, driven by an increased number of refugees and EU migrants entering the labor market


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HELP for Victims


Austrian Criminal Police
Country code: 43



Children At Risk Between Eastern And Western European Borders

News item,  03 June 2005

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

[accessed 13 September 2011]

A study supported by UNICEF in the Czech Republic has provided evidence that children are still being sexually exploited, mainly by sex tourists from Germany and Austria, in the border region between the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria.

Stolen Youth: Child Prostitution Plagues German-Czech Border

Deutsche Welle DW-WORLD.DE, 29.10.2003,1564,1016270,00.html

[accessed 1 April 2011]

The children wait by supermarkets, restaurants and gas stations along the Czech motorways just across the border from Germany. Pimps, often parents or siblings, hand babies and small children into the cars of waiting sex tourists. The market for sex with children is booming on the Czech-German border, Cathrin Schauer a social worker in the border region said.

"Young children less than six years old are offered to the sex tourists by women, whereas the older ones are usually accompanied by men or male teenagers," Schauer said. "But eight-year-olds come along on their own and do their own negotiations about payment and sexual practices."


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Human Rights Reports » 2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 10, 2020

[accessed 23 August 2020]

SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN - The law provides up to 15 years’ imprisonment for an adult convicted of sexual intercourse with a child younger than 14, the minimum age for consensual sex for both girls and boys. It is a crime to possess, trade, or privately view child pornography. Possession of or trading in child pornography is punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment. The government effectively enforced these laws.

ECPAT Global Monitoring Report on the status of action against commercial exploitation of children - AUSTRIA [PDF]

ECPAT 2005

[accessed 1 April 2011]

Due to its location at the centre of western Europe, Austria is a country of destination and transit for trafficked children. These children come primarily from Bulgaria and Romania, and are taken to main urban centres such as Vienna, Graz, Linz and Salzburg. The majority are girls, who can earn around 200 Euros/hour, or more, once they are forced into prostitution. Children trafficked for sexual purposes are sometimes also exploited through begging and stealing. Research conducted in 2005 by the United Nations Youth and Student Association of Austria - Academic Forum for Foreign Affairs (UNYSA-AFA), revealed that child trafficking for several purposes, including prostitution, has increased in the country in the last few years.

Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 28 January 2005

[accessed 20 January 2011]

[51] The Committee welcomes the State party's efforts in addressing the sexual abuse and child pornography, e.g. the National Plan of Action of 1998 against Sexual Abuse and Child Pornography in the Internet and through training of the police and other professionals. The Committee also notes the Criminal Law Amendment Act of 2004, which contains a new regulation on trafficking in human beings.

Five Years After Stockholm [PDF]

ECPAT: Fifth Report on implementation of the Agenda for Action [DOC]

ECPAT International, November 2001

[accessed 13 September 2011]

[B] COUNTRY UPDATES – AUSTRIA – In April 2001, the Austrian Association of Tour Operators adopted a Code of Conduct to Protect Children for Sexual Exploitation.

Austrian Platform against CSEC (Respect)

ECPAT International

At one time this article had been archived and may possibly still be accessible [here]

The Austrian Platform against CSEC is a coalition of eight NGOs working on child rights issues. In November 2003, respect initiated the foundation of the Austrian Platform and is currently the coordinator and providing office for infrastructure, with two working groups, which were established in 2004. One group, ’Tourism and Exploitation' focuses on pushing and lobbying for implementation of the Code of Conduct in Austria and among Austrian tour operators. The second group, ’Trafficking and Child Rights and the role of Austria' focuses on monitoring implementation of child rights laws in Austria and on research around child prostitution and child pornography.




Human Rights Reports » 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 8, 2006

[accessed 4 February 2020]

CHILDREN - Child abuse was a problem, and the government continued its efforts to monitor abuse and prosecute offenders. The Ministry for Social Welfare, Generations, and Consumer Protection estimated that 90 percent of child abuse cases occurred within families or was committed by close family members or family friends. Law enforcement officials noted a growing readiness to report abuse cases. According to authorities, approximately 20,000 abuse incidents are reported annually in the country

The law provides that adults having sexual intercourse with a child under 14 may be punished with a prison sentence of up to 10 years. If the victim is impregnated, the sentence may be extended to 15 years. In 2004 the Interior Ministry reported 1,504 cases of child abuse, most involving intercourse with a minor, while the Justice Ministry reported 332 convictions.

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