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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Child Prostitution at the FIFA World Cup

With the beginning of the FIFA World Cup last Friday in Brazil, it seems as if more attention has been paid to the controversies surrounding the event than the actual games. Beyond the protests over working conditions or the costly new stadiums, a new issue has been brought to the surface: that of child prostitution during the games. With an influx of nearly 600,000 arriving in Brazil to attend the games, the demand for prostitution will be large and young people - often from impoverished economic backgrounds - utilize the event as a money-making opportunity. Large sporting events, like the Super Bowl, are perfect breeding grounds to exploit vulnerable populations, like victims of human trafficking or impoverished children as they often are characterized by the arrival of massive amounts of people, particularly men.

Can large sporting events like the World Cup and Super Bowl ever be conducted in ethical ways? What can we do as observers and fans?

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