MEPs raise issue of forced prostitution during sports events

Ahead of the football World Cup in Germany this summer, a European Parliament committee wants the Commission to explain whether current strategies against trafficking include sports events.

The Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality is submitting an oral question and a resolution on forced prostitution during sports events for the European Parliament’s March plenary in Strasbourg from 13 to 16 March.

Committee members say that there is more demand for prostitution and sexual services during international sports events, exhibitions and congresses. 

They stress that human rights organisations in Europe fear that trafficking of women and forced prostitution will significantly increase during the coming football tournament in Germany [beginning in June 2006]. Most of the women who offer sexual services during similar events are in fact victims of organised crime and are often deceived by false promises of legitimate work and then forced to work as prostitutes, say the MEPs. 

The MEPs are asking the Commission whether current strategies against trafficking include sports events. They also want to know more details of the plans that the Commission and member states intend to put in place to tackle the issue.

The resolution is to urge the Commission and member states to launch a European-wide campaign to inform and educate the general public and especially football fans about the issue.

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