|| News: Soccer World Cup Anti-Prostitution Campaign Kicks Off|
February 23, 2006
The initiators of "Red Card for Forced Prostitution," seeking to fight
against an influx of prostitutes during the World Cup in Germany this
summer, launched their campaign in Berlin on Wednesday.Publicity in all
countries and announcements in the German media will seek to make the
public aware of prostitution "as a form of modern slavery," said Konrad
Freiberg, president of the German police union (GdP), which has joined
He said the demand for prostitutes would increase during the sporting event, which will attract millions of people to Germany.
Some 175,000 women
are already involved in prostitution in the county, according to the
German Protestant Church, which is also part of the awareness campaign.
prostitutes, mainly from Eestern Europe, could come to Germany during
the soccer World Cup, several associations fighting prostitution
The tournament is to
be held in Germany from June 9 to July 9, and the anti-prostitution
campaign's name refers to the red card given to soccer players for
penalties forcing them to leave the pitch.
Sweden particularly concerned with trafficking
minister, Thomas Bodström, on Tuesday also voiced concerns to his
European counterparts about the risk of forcing women into prostitution
during the World Cup.
Bodström, a premier
league football player in the late 1980s, said he was worried that
"when you have a large gathering of people far away from home you tend
to have a rise in prostitution and hence in trafficking."
Prostitution is legal
in Germany but illegal in Sweden. Despite Swedish concerns, Bodström
stopped short of asking his southern neighbors to ban prostitution.
Germany has assured
all those countries taking part in the month-long tournament that the
issue of prostitution and other security concerns will be dealt with
and will not interfere with the event. "All measures are taken to
ensure that the World Cup will take place in a safe and civilized way,"
a German diplomat said.
Prostitution at the
World Cup and the implications it may have on the trafficking trade
will be discussed at a European chiefs of police meeting at the
beginning of March, Austria, which currently holds the rotating EU
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