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Sex Slavery and the World Cup

John on June 12, 2006 at 7:09 pm

I’ve written about sex slavery before. This is one of the issues (like AIDS in Africa) where I think President Bush’s Christian character has served him well.

According to this article at Christianity Today online, Germany has more or less opened its doors to sex slavery during the World Cup.

Prostitution is legal in Germany, however as the article makes clear legal prostitution primes the market for the illegal trade in sex slaves. These are not liberated women who’ve chosen an unusual career. Quite the contrary:

The statistics are sickening. “Field research in nine countries concluded that 60 to 75 percent of women in prostitution were raped, 70 to 95 percent were physically assaulted, and 68 percent met the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder in the same range as treatment-seeking combat veterans and victims of state-organized torture,” the office reports. “Beyond this shocking abuse, the public health implications of prostitution are devastating and include a myriad of serious and fatal diseases, including HIV/AIDS.” The study found that 89 percent of respondents wanted to leave prostitution.

A nation that can turn a blind eye on this sort of abuse of tens of thousands of women, is a nation that is sick.

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