West European justice ministers have agreed on tough measures to try to stop a multibillion dollar international racket in child prostitution and pornography.

More than one million children are kidnapped or sold each year into a growing world sex market involving Asia, Latin America, North America and Europe, said a report presented at a two-day meeting in Lisbon of ministers from the 21-member Council of Europe.

The ministers unanimously passed a resolution at the close of the meeting on Wednesday calling for severe penalties for people involved in child prostitution, Portuguese Justice Minister Fernando Nogueira told a news conference.

The resolution also said money from child trafficking should be confiscated and member countries should be allowed to prosecute and punish offenders, even if the crime is committed in another country.