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Prostitution And Drug Trafficking May Increase In South Africa With The World Cup

By Dialogo
March 25, 2010

The soccer World Cup, which will be held in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July, could lead to an increase in prostitution and drug trafficking in the country if preventive measures are not taken, according to a study of both phenomena published Wednesday. “Everything tends to show that the problem is going to become more acute in the host cities during the World Cup month,” emphasized Virginia Tilley, a researcher with the Human Sciences Research Council and co-author of a study commissioned from that body by the attorney-general’s office of the African country. “The demand for sex and drugs reaches its maximum levels during these large-scale events,” she added. The study published Wednesday issues a call for “action on all fronts,” emphasizing that South Africa is already a destination and transit country for human trafficking. The principal cities that will host the competition, especially Capetown, Durban, Johannesburg, and Port Elizabeth, are favored destinations for sexual tourists in search of girls between ten and fourteen years old, according to Tilley. For their part, young boys face the threat of becoming involved with drug distribution networks during the soccer event.
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