World Cup

“Maybe it will be better once this World Cup has passed” Research findings regarding the impact of the 2010 Soccer World Cup on Sex Work in South Africa

International sporting events are increasing in frequency and magnitude. It is estimated that the FIFA World Cup brought close to 400 000 visitors to South Africa in 2010. Little research has been conducted into the demand and supply of paid sex during big sporting events and where the topic has been explored, the focus tends to fall on speculation around human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation, rather than on adult, consensual sex work.

Consultation on HIV/AIDS and the 2010 World Cup

A report by a South African NGO  that shows how wrong the predications about commercial sex in South Africa during the world Cup were. The question is will it prevent disinformation and hysteria surrounding sporting events in future.

Thousands of prostitutes for World Cup

A news article from www.iol.co.za on the 4th March 2010. This story is from the sports pages and addresses concerns that the World Cup will lead to women entering South Africa to work in the sex industry. It is reported that the Central Drug Authority believe that 40,000 women will enter the country - many from Eastern Europe. UNODC are reported as questioning the source of the 40,000 figure.

Sex work and the 2010 FIFA World Cup: time for public health imperatives to prevail

An article in Globalization and Health by Richter M L, Chersich M F, Scorgie F, Luchters S, Temmerman M and Steen R. The authors address the issue of commercial sex in relation to the upcoming football World Cup which will be hosted by South Africa. They argue that laws that criminalise sex work not only compound sex workers’ individual risk for HIV, but also compromise broader public health goals. They suggest that a moratorium on the enforcement of laws that persecute and victimise sex workers during the World Cup period.

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