Human Trafficking and the World Cup

By: BettyJean Kling

A human Trafficking demand for sexual exploitation as well as labor goes up significantly around large sporting events such as the Olympics and the World Cup. Sexual Exploitation always rises, because the tourists, and die hard sports fans, with soccer in particular, apparently want to drink and ‘blow of some steam’ by frequenting prostitutes. While some of these prostitutes are working this crowd freely a vast majority are forced into the situation, especially the kids.

 The way it works, especially in impoverished countries but even in the poor areas of the US, is that these women are promised better jobs and because of their economic necessity they take the bait then find themselves in a situation of forced prostitution. Suddenly they are forced to sleep with unbelievable numbers of men each day, have unprotected sex, suffer beatings, rapes and are denied food and money. After the sporting event they are either brought to a different location to continue this slavery or are released broken, and in need of a lot of attention and help.

The same works for labor, the men or women are promised a job that will pay, but very often they find themselves in a foreign country, without a passport, unable to speak the language, unpaid, uncared for and working under unimaginable conditions.

The Human Trafficking Industry is a 32 billion dollar a year industry, which is unfortunately very often attracted to sporting events, tourist locations as well as military bases of any kind. The Trafficking of people for labor has also significantly grown in the last several years without limit.

South African schools closed for the month-long Cup
http://www.theway.co.uk/feature.php?id=8091

With the South African World Cup just days away, there is continued concern that the event will be used for human trafficking. It has been estimated that between 40,000 to 100,000 people may be trafficked for the World Cup. In January, Time magazine reported on a three week investigation into human trafficking.

On Friday 21 May, at the launch of Child Protection Week and the Children’s Act, Zuma said, “While we are excited that we’ll be receiving visitors for the FIFA World Cup we must be mindful that an event of this magnitude opens opportunity for criminals with ill intentions of trafficking in women and children.”

With South African schools closed for the month-long Cup, which starts on June 11, Zuma noted, “Not all parents and care-givers will be able to align their vacation with that of the extended school vacation. We urge parents to take extra care and ensure that their children are supervised and provided with guidance at all times. “Children wandering alone in shopping malls and football stadiums will be vulnerable to people with evil intentions.”

We are  very happy to announce that Kat Rohrer will be interviewed by Betty Jean Kling, founder of The Majority United Radio on Wednesday June 16th at 9:30 pm Eastern. Call-in Number: ( 347 ) 838-8011

Please tune in to BTR Wed. June 16th at 9:30 pm Eastern. :
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/freemenow/2010/06/15/empowering-woman-to-unite-and-mobilize Call-in Number: ( 347 ) 838-8011

The Majority United is pleased to announce we are joining with FatalPromises www.fatalpromises.com
to bring you the following announcement.

Since we have dedicated this issue of our newsletter to the World Cup in South Africa we want to stick with the theme and make you aware of a Facebook Cause that deals with Human Trafficking during the World Cup and gives you several options to get involved.

Since most of us are members of Facebook or at least have friends and family members who are, this is a simple way to make a difference. There are four quick ways to show you care:

1, join the cause of Facebook
2, Spread the word to your network
3, Post the picture of the Red Card to your profile for the duration of the World Cup
4, Donate money to the Cause

Any of these 4 steps help. Don’t feel obliged to donate money, we, the Fatal Promises team, believe that raising awareness, creating change and changing one’s mindset and consumer habits is even more valuable then donating money. Obviously, if you want to donate to the cause, by all means do. So, please take the time to follow this link and show you care: Africa against Human Trafficking

Sad omen for the World Cup in South Africa next week

 With less than a week to go before the opening ceremony of the World Cup in South Africa the omen is not a happy one regarding the dreaded increase in human trafficking during the games.  As if numbers are more important than humans a controversy has broken out concerning exact figures. While NGOs like STOP (a Christian alliance) predict 100.000 victims, other experts call that number „inflated“ and way too exaggerated. They refer to the World Cup in Germany in 2006 when there were less cases of human trafficking than anticipated. The comparison, however, is totally inappropriate. 

South Africa has not even passed the anti-trafficking law that was supposed to be on the fast track till the games. It was proposed in March and introduced in parliament where the bill remains.

 Moreover it is extremely disconcerting that prior to the World Cup some „experts“ minimize the entire situation. According to one news report a South African female researcher calls the problem of human trafficking „generally overestimated“. 

As if a crime like this can ever be „overestimated“ as long as one child might become a victim anywhere – and children are especially in danger of becoming victims during the games, as many news reports warn, because of the fatal promises to earn quick money in various jobs and the danger of ending up in the child porn industry. There is a clear and present danger because schools have been ordered to stay closed during the games. That, by the way, is another difference to Germany 2006 – mentioned for the benefit of all those who like to appease the situation in South Africa.

More: http://www.leadershiponline.co.za/

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