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
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?