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Commercial Sex Work, Human Trafficking, and the 2010 World Cup

By Bobby Shady | 10 Jun, 2010

As South Africa gears up for the World Cup, commercial sex work and human trafficking are receiving increased attention. Home to the largest number of HIV-infected people of any country in the world, South Africa faces not only political and legal issues stemming from increased demand for paid sex (a common side effect of international sporting events of this magnitude), but also public health challenges.

Some, including Richer and colleagues in the following article in the journal “Globalization and Health,” argue for the decriminalization of commercial sex work during the World Cup in order to further public health goals (please see
http://www.globalizationandhealth.com/content/pdf/1744-8603-6-1.pdf).

We would love to hear the thoughts of members of the community, especially those working in South Africa. What are your thoughts on the government’s response to human trafficking and commercial sex work? From your experience, what is the situation on-the-ground?

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Sarah Arnquist Replied at 1:49 PM, 10 Jun 2010

I haven't read much about the human trafficking and commercial sex during the World Cup, but I have read about the big controversy between FIFA and South African AIDS advocacy organizations around HIV messaging and distribution of materials (condoms) at world cup events. Nine organizations issued a statement basically shaming FIFA.
Here is a link with more information.
http://worldblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/06/09/4485323-fifa-under-fire-over-...
And the statement is here: http://www.tac.org.za/community/node/2878

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