Friday, November 18, 2005

News: Germany Expects Waves of Prostitutes

Last month the scare stories were about the 100,000 English fans that were going to descend on Germany for the 2006 World Cup. Now the reports are that authorities expect at least 40,000 prostitutes to come for the duration of the competition.

From the Guardian:

As well as fans, the German authorities are expecting a different kind of influx - at least 40,000 prostitutes. Previous global sporting events have attracted large numbers of sex workers, indeed at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, the authorities tried to banish prostitutes from the city centre. And, though the figures are necessarily hazy, officials believe that around 10,000 sex workers plied their trade during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, many of them imported from abroad.

This time, World Cup organisers are expecting an even bigger invasion, not least because prostitution is legal in Germany. Asked how many women might turn up, Romy, the manager of Artemis, says: "You can hang another zero on to the 40,000 figure.


Blimey.

You can read the whole article here.

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