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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

No, they're serious, really

By Anne Gearan

The United States warned key ally Germany yesterday that it should do more to stop a tide of sex workers arriving for this month's soccer World Cup, and accused 12 nations of failing to do enough to stop the modern-day slave trade in prostitutes, child sex workers and laborers.

Members of Congress and other anti-trafficking advocates estimate that thousands of foreign women, many from Eastern Europe, will be forced into sex work during the four-week tournament that begins June 9.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice denounced "the sordid trade in human beings" and said the fight against trafficking is "a great moral calling of our time."

"Together we will stop at nothing to end the debasement of our fellow men," she said.

The United States called Germany a "source, transit and destination country" for sex workers and other victims of exploitation. The 2006 Trafficking in Persons Report, however, gave Germany its highest overall rating for compliance with efforts to stop trafficking and noted German measures to combat exploitation during the World Cup.

"Nonetheless, due to the sheer size of the event, the potential for increased human trafficking during the games remains a concern," the report said.

The German government, while defending its policy of legalized prostitution, denies that it condones human trafficking and says it has intensified efforts to combat it.

Rep. Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey Republican and vice chairman of the House International Relations subcommittee on Africa, global human rights and international operations, urged Germany last month to recriminalize prostitution and suggested that the country be reclassified as an "egregious violator" of human trafficking.

Jen Yes, the trafficking of minors from South America (and a booming business in exploiting minors) is absolutely no problem at all, since the US actually has a legal and regulated sex trade just like Germany. Oh, wait....

Yes, and stopping the sex trade has been a priority of current immigration law. Stop trying to run Germany.It makes them laugh at us.

posted by Steve @ 12:02:00 AM

12:02:00 AM

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