In Belgium, it is permitted under certain conditions to watch, buy or produce pornography. However, there is severe punishment for watching, possessing, producing or distributing child pornography.

What is legal?

It is legal to:

  • privately watch legal pornography;
  • buy legal pornography;
  • produce pornography, as long as it is legal pornography and the adult participants agree.

What is illegal?

It is illegal to:

  • produce pornography without the agreement of the adult participants;
  • produce pornography to distribute or sell it;
  • produce child pornography (this is pornography involving persons younger than 18);
  • buy, download or watch child pornography.

Punishments:

  • Downloading child pornography is punished by 1 month’s to 1 year’s imprisonment.
  • Producing, distributing or selling child pornography is punished by 5 to 10 years’ imprisonment.

In België is het onder bepaalde voorwaarden toegestaan om pornografie te bekijken, kopen en maken. Het bekijken, bezitten, maken of verdelen van kinderpornografie wordt streng bestraft.

Wat is legaal?

Het is toegestaan om:

  • privé legale pornografie te bekijken;
  • legale pornografie te kopen;
  • pornografie te maken, als het legale pornografie is en de volwassen deelnemers akkoord gaan.

Wat is illegaal?

Het is illegaal om:

  • pornografie te maken zonder de toestemming van de volwassen deelnemers;
  • pornografie te maken om te verdelen of verkopen;
  • kinderpornografie te maken (pornografie met personen onder 18 jaar);
  • kinderpornografie te kopen, downloaden of bekijken.

Straffen:

  • Op het downloaden van kinderpornografie staan gevangenisstraffen van 1 maand tot 1 jaar.
  • Op het maken, verdelen of verkopen van kinderpornografie staan gevangenisstraffen van 5 tot 10 jaar.

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