Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
On the hierarchy of jurisdictions and differences between legal systems and policies. Always good intentions and bad outcomes, it seems. But maybe it helps to refer to EU and UN documents in the UK context?
From the UNITED NATIONS:
This report was produced by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Dated 8 July 2014, it contains concluding observations on the report submitted by the UK on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.
It expresses concern about the lack of coordination between various governments, institutions and other bodies across the UK and makes significant recommendations in paras 16 and 18, 20, 24, 26, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37 and, especially 39:
(a) Establish mechanisms and procedures to protect the rights of child victims of offences covered by the Optional Protocol, including establishing a clear obligation of non-prosecution in the criminal justice system, and ensure that they are treated as victims rather than criminals by the law enforcement and judicial authorities;
The offences covered in Article 2 of the Optional Protocol are:
- sale of children
- child prostitution
- child pornography.