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.



General information on trafficking of human beings in germany

The most important legal provisions are provided in the Criminal Code (Strafgesetzbuch, StGB) and deal explicitly with trafficking in human beings. Previously, trafficking was covered in sections 180b and 181 of the StGB and focused exclusively on sexual exploitation. The criminal provisions on THB have since been expanded to cover all forms of exploitation through the 37th Criminal Law Reform Act, which came into force on 19 February 2005. The StGB was amended in line with the Framework Decision of the European Union on Trafficking in Human Beings, and the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children.


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