Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Trafficking and the Olympics

A collection of news items regarding the serious problem of sex trafficking during the Olympic games. Many women and girls are brought to the cities where large sporting events take place (e.g. Olympics, World Cups) to meet a demand by visiting fans for prostitution. It is important to be aware of this with the Winter 2010 Games coming up in Vancouver.

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FROM BBC RADIO - Can mobile phone operators tackle prostitution?
The Mayor of London is asking mobile phone companies to help crack down on prostitution and trafficking in the run up to the Olympics. Research shows that incidents of trafficking ahead of the Athens Olympics rose by nearly 100 per cent. The men behind the sex trade still advertise prostitutes’ services by dropping cards containing mobile numbers into the city’s phone boxes. Now City Hall wants to see an agreement between mobile operators and the police that would see the cards removed and the numbers disconnected. Is it a good idea and will it work? Jane is joined by the Deputy Mayor of London with responsibility for policing, Kit Malthouse, and by Diane Martin, Chair of Lambeth Multi-Agency Prostitution Strategy Group. LISTEN TO THE RADIO SHOW AT

Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan is getting heat from activists against human trafficking after a remark last week that he doesn't object to the idea of a legalized "co-op" brothel in the city.

The Committee Against Human Trafficking called on anti-human trafficking activists across the country to swamp Sullivan's office on Tuesday of this week with letters, faxes, emails, packages and phone calls.

The campaign aimed to show the link between the normalization of prostitution and increased human trafficking, and called on Sullivan to oppose legalizing brothels.

The proposal for the brothel came from a group of Vancouver prostitutes who believe legalized brothels would help protect sex-trade workers when visitors flock to Vancouver for the Winter Olympics in 2010.

Big sporting events such as the Olympics and the World Cup soccer tournament are known to generate an increase in prostitution, which in turn leads to a rise in human trafficking...

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