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In the early years of the 21st Century, 2000 to 2025                

Federal Republic of Germany

The German economy - the fifth largest economy in the world in PPP terms and Europe's largest - began to contract in the second quarter of 2008 as the strong euro, high oil prices, tighter credit markets, and slowing growth abroad took their toll on Germany's export-dependent economy.

Germany's aging population, combined with high chronic unemployment, has pushed social security outlays to a level exceeding contributions,

The modernization and integration of the eastern German economy - where unemployment still exceeds 30% in some municipalities - continues to be a costly long-term process, with annual transfers from west to east amounting to roughly $80 billion.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

Description: Germany

CAUTION:  The following links and accompanying text have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in Germany.  Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated, misleading or even false.   No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.



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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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ECPAT Country Monitoring Report [PDF]

Alessia Altamura, ECPAT International, 2012

[accessed 30 August 2020]

Desk review of existing information on the sexual exploitation of children (SEC) in Germany. The report looks at protection mechanisms, responses, preventive measures, child and youth participation in fighting SEC, and makes recommendations for action against SEC.

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 30 August 2020]

SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN - The law prohibits commercial sexual exploitation, sale, offering, or procuring children for prostitution and practices related to child pornography, and authorities enforced the law. The minimum age for consensual sex is 14 years unless the older partner is older than 18 and is “exploiting a coercive situation” or offering compensation, and the younger partner is under 16. It is also illegal for a person who is 21 or older to have sex with a child younger than 16 if the older person “exploits the victim’s lack of capacity for sexual self-determination.” The government’s Independent Commissioner for Child Sex Abuse Issues offered a sexual abuse help online portal and an anonymous telephone helpline free of charge.

In January police informed the public about a child abuse case on a campground in Luegde, NRW, involving more than 40 sexually abused children aged between three and 14 years. The abuse took place over more than a decade. Three suspects were detained and confessed to the crimes. In July, one man was ordered to attend therapy and was sentenced to two years of probation for taking part in the crime via webcam and for owning child pornography. The public prosecutor appealed the sentence as overly lenient. The other two men were sentenced in September to 13 and 12 years in prison, followed by preventive detention.

On July 12, a parliamentary investigating committee opened an investigation into possible failures, omissions, misjudgments, and misconduct of the NRW state government in the child abuse case. Problems with the investigation included the disappearance from the local police station of 155 USB drives containing child pornography, the placement of a foster child with one of the main perpetrators, and concerns that authorities did not follow up on an earlier suspicion of child abuse. As of November the investigation was ongoing.

The case led to the creation of new resources for abuse victims and prosecutors. In March, Cologne opened a new office to serve as a point of contact for children and youth, and in May the first countrywide center for child protection went into operation in Cologne. The office combines the expertise of forensic medical specialists and child protection experts to examine suspected cases of child abuse.

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

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 30 January 2004

[accessed 28 February 2011]

[56] The Committee welcomes the adoption of the Plan of Action of the Federal Government for the Protection of Children and Young People from Sexual Violence and Exploitation (January 2003), but remains concerned at the various ages retained in the Criminal Code depending on the offence committed by an adult against a child.

Heavy petting could leave teen couples at the mercy of child prostitution law

Roger Boyes, The Times, Berlin, December 12, 2007

[accessed 16 May 2011]

The new law reduces the minimum age at which sexual offenders can be prosecuted from 18 to 14, and raises the maximum age at which a victim is entitled to legal protection from 16 to 18. The idea is to stop the recruitment of minors as prostitutes by other minors — pimps in big cities are often 17 or younger — but the initiative is a legal minefield.

Five Years After Stockholm [PDF]

ECPAT: Fifth Report on implementation of the Agenda for Action

ECPAT International, November 2001

[accessed 13 September 2011]

[B] COUNTRY UPDATES – GERMANY – The federal government has been cooperating with local governments and NGOs, such as KARO and ECPAT Germany, in an effort to combat CSEC committed by Germans in bordering countries.  Among NGOs, national and international networking in the fight against CSEC has also been increased.

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 14 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.

Publication: Children in street prostitution. Report from the German-Czech border

Cathrin Schauer, ECPAT Germany, UNICEF Germany, Horlemann Editors, Bad Honnef, 2003

[accessed 16 May 2011]

SUMMARY OF RESEARCH RESULTS - The ‘Children in Street Prostitution’ report is the result of years of systematic observations, discussions and interviews. The author has an in-depth insight into the prostitution and drug scene along the German-Czech border through her work with the social project KARO. Her report gives, for the first time, a detailed picture of the commercial sexual exploitation of children in this region, heavily frequented by German tourists. It shows the scale of the business and the conditions in which its victims live. The conclusions are harrowing: In the German-Czech border region, a flourishing commerce in child sexual exploitation has developed.

Written Statement Submitted By The International Federation Terre Des Hommes

UN Economic and Social Council, COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS, Fiftieth session, 4 February 1994

[accessed 16 May 2011]

[5] In Europe and in the western world, a certain type of behavior known as "sex tourism" is contributing to the growth of child prostitution on other continents. In Germany, for example, international tourism is growing rapidly and German tourists are traveling increasingly to faraway destinations. A part of this German tourism is sex tourism. The favorite places to which Germans go for sex tourism are Thailand, the Philippines, Kenya and Brazil. New destinations, such as the Dominican Republic, are also beginning to attract such tourists.

[6] No exact figures can be given for sex tourism.  In the case of Germany, thousands of men allegedly exploit minors abroad for sexual purposes. Some reportedly travel to Asia, Africa or Latin America for that purpose. Others are said to take advantage of the opportunity when it arises.

Trafficking in Children for Sexual Purposes

ECPAT International Newsletters, Issue No : 33  1/December/2000

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

[accessed 16 May 2011]

EASTERN EUROPE - Hungary and Poland are receiver, sender and transit countries for the trafficking of children for sexual purposes. Romania is a sender and receiver country but Bulgaria is only a sender country. Hungary and Poland receive children from Romania, Ukraine and Russia. The main destinations for children trafficked from and through Poland are Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium. Many of the victims are boys. Furthermore, in Poland students voluntarily prostitute themselves in Germany over the weekends in order to earn money.




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

ECPAT International, 2006

[accessed 16 May 2011]

Germany has been noted as a destination country for trafficking in children for sexual purposes, although data collection on the problem remains limited. Most children who enter Germany in this way are Eastern European girls smuggled to brothels through prostitution rings, deceived by false promises of a job, vocational training or a holiday trip. They are usually recruited in their countries of origin, in particular Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, but also Nigeria, Brazil and some Caribbean countries. Once in Germany, the traffickers try to pass the girls off as adults. A number of unaccompanied minors (UAM) trafficked to the country and cared for at reception centres and youth care facilities have also disappeared from these centres and have reportedly been forced to work as prostitutes. In other cases, children are trafficked for the production of pornographic materials.

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 9 February 2020]

CHILDREN - Street children frequently turned to prostitution for income.  The government amply funded programs to combat the sale of children, child prostitution, child pornography, trafficking of children, and child-sex tourism

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