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Trafficking in Human Beings and the 2006 World Cup in Germany

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Prior to the World Cup in Germany in 2006, there was considerable international concern that this event would contribute to a sharp increase in trafficking for sexual exploitation. This report investigates whether the number of victims of human trafficking for sexual exploitation increased during this sporting event. All data, information and experts’ statements that are available to date strongly indicate that an increase in human trafficking, during and after the World Cup did not actually occur.

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Conclusions and recommendations

The FIFA 2006 World Cup in Germany was unique for its strong association with the issue of trafficking in human beings nationally and internationally. This link was also made in the agendas of high-level meetings of political representatives as well as on the websites of sports clubs. Despite the strong international pressure in the immediate run-up to the World Cup, the research findings revealed that the German authorities had been developing concepts and plans of action regarding an increased risk of human trafficking during the World Cup event well before the media coverage started in autumn 2005.

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