French lawmakers decry World Cup prostitution

30th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 29, 2006 (AFP) - Members of France's five main political parties raised the alarm Monday over the risk of large-scale forced prostitution on the sidelines of next month's World Cup in Germany.

PARIS, May 29, 2006 (AFP) - Members of France's five main political parties raised the alarm Monday over the risk of large-scale forced prostitution on the sidelines of next month's World Cup in Germany.

Church and pressure groups in Germany fear that as many as 40,000 women and girls, mainly from eastern Europe, could be coerced into the sex industry during the June 9-July 9 event, expected to draw some three million fans.

The vice-president of the centrist UDF Didier Bariani called on the football body FIFA to "use its authority to make sure each fan realises the exploitation and violence to which these women will be subjected".

The UDF, the ruling UMP party and the opposition Socialists, Greens and Communists also denounced the mass prostitution being organised legally on the event's sidelines, with Communist leader Marie-George Buffet calling for all brothels to be shut down before the event.

"On the field, the high-flying tricks of the world's best players — on the sidewalk, the sordid tricks of modern-day slaves," UMP lawmaker Roselyne Bachelot said in a text read at a press conference in Paris.

Fifty-eight French senators have also signed a petition by the International Coalition against the Trafficking of Women warning against forced prostitution at the event.

Germany legalised prostitution in 2002 and an estimated 400,000 work in the sex trade.

Berlin has rejected accusations that it was turning a blind eye to human trafficking in the run-up to the World Cup and insists that it has taken measures to combat abuse.

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