World Cup fears of human trafficking "hype"

8th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

8 May 2007, Geneva (dpa) - Forecasts that prostitution and the trafficking of women would escalate during the 2006 Football World Cup in Germany, were wildly exaggerated, according to a report published Tuesday by the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration (IOM). Media stories had suggested as many as 40,000 women could be trafficked for sexual exploitation, possibly against their will, to meet the needs of millions of football fans due to descend on the country. The estimates "were quickly

8 May 2007

Geneva (dpa) - Forecasts that prostitution and the trafficking of women would escalate during the 2006 Football World Cup in Germany, were wildly exaggerated, according to a report published Tuesday by the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Media stories had suggested as many as 40,000 women could be trafficked for sexual exploitation, possibly against their will, to meet the needs of millions of football fans due to descend on the country.

The estimates "were quickly found to be unrealistic and unfounded hype," the IOM study says, adding: "All data, information and expert statements that are available to date strongly indicate that an increase in human trafficking did not occur either during or after the World Cup."

The current number of known victims for sexual exploitation in Germany was around 1,000 people a year. The report stated: "Even if it is assumed that only one in ten cases of trafficking is discovered, the 40,000 figure is still unrealistically high."

The study said the characteristics of supporters, who were often couples or families, had reduced the need for sexual services and urged better profiling of fans.

The IOM praised Germany for the measures taken before the event to try to counter trafficking and hoped this might provide an effective model for organizers to follow at coming events such as UEFA Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and the Olympics.

However the study said that authorities had taken too narrow a perspective and recommended a broader approach in future. Counter- trafficking activities should also target forced labour, particularly within the construction industry, criminal activities and begging.

DPA

Subject: German news

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