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World Cup 2010: 40,000 prostitutes to enter South Africa

Posted by Admin on Mar 6th, 2010 and filed under Featured, Sports. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Telegraph.co.uk| March 6 2010|

As many as 40,000 women could enter South Africa to work as prostitutes during this year’s football World Cup, officials have warned

The host nation is tightening border controls ahead of a predicted influx of sex workers hoping to ply their trade with fans during the month-long tournament.

David Bayever, deputy chair of the country’s Central Drug Authority, said local officials had raised fears girls would be encouraged to work the streets to target tourists in the country where around 16 per cent of the population is feared to be living with HIV.

He said: “It’s horrific and very concerning.

“We’ve been told by event organisers that they are aware of about 40,000 new prostitutes being recruited to come into the country for the World Cup.

“The women are expected to travel from countries all over the world, especially from eastern Europe.

“Money talks, and if you’re a sex worker then there is going to be money in South Africa in 2010.”

Mr Bayever raised the concerns at a meeting of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, where policies to limit the new arrivals were discussed.

He said: “We’re received assurances that the borders will up passport control checks on dubious individuals, and that profiling and screening will be in place.

“The figure of 40,000 women was raised by our colleagues in KwaZulu-Natal, where the coastal ports are seen as a particularly high-risk area for illegal arrivals.”

Experts also fear many local children could be lured into sex work when they enjoy a four week national school holiday during the World Cup.

Mr Bayever said: “Kids are going to be on holiday for all that time. There is no doubt that they will be targeted to become prostitutes.

“Children from poor rural families will be given a carrot by criminals who tell them they will have a job if they come to the big city.

“Before long they will be engaged in sex work, a trade that is totally interlinked with substance abuse.”

The CDA, a body that advises the South African government, has also warned many prostitutes who arrive in South Africa will have been trafficked to the country by an underworld controlled by drug rings.

Jacob Zuma, in Britain on an official visit, has vowed crime would be kept to a minimum during the World Cup, and that England fans would be safe.

Around 450,000 foreign fans are expected to visit South Africa for the World Cup, including around 25,000 from England.

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