Sex trafficking seminar in run-up to 2012 Olympics

A seminar is being organised to look into evidence of sex trafficking in cities staging international sporting events such as the summer Olympics in London.

Organisers say little is heard about women’s safety and the threat of a rise in sexual exploitation and trafficking once the spectators return home.

Anti-trafficking measures are put in place for international sports events in many countries, they point out.

But the measures have proved irrelevant—or even harmful in cases where women become criminalised and unable to get into health and social programmes, it is claimed.

The seminar being staged at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in Bloomsbury next Wednesday (Jan 25) looks at sex work and sports events and what evidence police and local authorities in London are basing their policies on. Speakers include Julie Ham, from Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women.

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