Germany:Sex Trafficking, Prostitution, and World Cup Games
Compiled by Donna M. Hughes, Professor & Carlson Endowed ChairWomen’s Studies, University of Rhode Island
"It is humiliating enough for me that football is linked with alcohol andviolence. But this is worse. It is slaves that will come and be put intohouses. Human beings are being talked about like cattle, and football islinked with that."- Raymond Domenech, Coach of France’s National Football Team
Background – Sex Trafficking and Prostitution in Germany
Prostitution is legal in designated areas in Germany.
Germany has a severe sex trafficking problem.
Most of the women are trafficked from Eastern Europe.Excerpt from Letter to Secretary of State Colin Powell, April 29, 2002
In December 2001, Germany legalized pimping and prostitution,and officially stated that prostitution is no longer to be seen asimmoral.
The estimated turnover from bars, clubs, and brothelsconnected to prostitution is $4.5 billion per year.
There are anestimated 400,000 women in prostitution in Germany.
75 percent of the prostitutes are foreigners.
80 percent of the trafficked women in Germany are fromCentral and Eastern Europe countries.
Rob Broomby, “German prostitutes get new rights,”
, 20 December, 2001.
Irena Omelaniuk and Ginette Baerten, “Trafficking in women from Central and Eastern Europe - Focus onGermany,” in
Migration in Central and Eastern Europe, 1999 Review
. (Vienna: International Organizationfor Migration and International Center for Migration Policy Development, March 1999).
International Organization for Migration, “Trafficking of Women to the European Union: Characteristic,Trends and Policy Issues,”
European Conference on Trafficking in Women
, June 1996.
International Organization for Migration,