Red Light: Human Trafficking During the World Cup
Posted by businesswom on May 6, 2010
As the World Cup approaches, South African human rights organizations are concerned about an increase in human trafficking and prostitution during the renowned football event (soccer is referred to as football here). The event receives international attention, but this particular taboo subject does not. Human trafficking and prostitution can have fatal health consequences and are a violation of basic human rights of the women, and sometimes the men, involved.
While living in Cape Town for the next three months, I consider how the country will handle this ongoing issue that will be magnified in the coming months. This also raises a question of how this issue may be present in the U.S. Hotel lobbies have been said to be frequented by prostitutes during large events and conferences in the States as well. Prevention of human trafficking and prostitution through advocacy and enforcement is vital to preserve the human dignity of women in the U.S. and abroad.