"Sex Industry" Scheme for World Cup Slammed

40,000 Women to Be Imported, Group Predicts

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BERLIN, MAY 4, 2006 (Zenit.org).- The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women has launched a campaign against the prostitution market that is developing for the World Cup competition in Germany this summer.



In a communiqué headlined "Buying Sex Is Not a Sport," the coalition estimates that some 40,000 women will be "'imported' from Central and Eastern Europe … to 'sexually service'" the approximately 3 million soccer fans expected to attend the games.

The communiqué noted that "Germany legalized pimping and the sex industry in 2002. However, it is predicted that the legal red-light districts will be too small for the thousands of sports/sex tourists in attendance."

"In preparation for this influx, the German sex industry has built a massive prostitution complex for the 'business' expected" during the 2006 Word Cup, the communiqué stated.

"Soccer and sex belong together," claimed a lawyer for the newly opened mega-brothel in Berlin, built next to the main World Cup venue to accommodate 650 clients, the coalition reported.

The communiqué said that "wooden 'sex huts' have been built in fenced-in areas the size of a football field" to allow prostitution.

The coalition observed: "Treating women's bodies as sexual commodities violates international standards of sports which promote equality, mutual respect and non-discrimination."

The coalition is calling upon the "32 countries participating in the World Cup Games that have ratified U.N. conventions and/or protocols against prostitution and trafficking to oppose Germany's promotion of prostitution, and publicly dissociate their teams from the prostitution industry."