Optional Protocol to the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography

 

The Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (OPSC), is concerned with guaranteeing the protection of the child from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely hazardous, to interfere with the child's education, or to be harmful to the child's health or development. It is also concerned with the increase in international traffic in children for the purpose of child prostitution, child pornography and sex tourism.

The OPSC was ratified by the United Sates on Sept. 4, 2002. It requires that the states that are parties to the protocol assess their legislation and enforcement activities and where necessary amend their laws and conform their activities to meet the minimum standards set out in the protocol.