Within this month hundreds upon thousands of soccer fans will fill the South African stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in hopes of watching their favorite teams score. But as the beer is poured, and inhibitions are lost, many of these same fans will be looking to score for themselves outside arena.
That’s why South Africa’s Drug Central Authority estimates 40,000 sex workers are on duty round-the-clock for the post game activities. Many of the workers are from all over the world, and have either traveled or have been trafficked to South Africa to tend to nearly 450,000 mostly-male visitors.
This isn’t the first time soccer attracted the sex trade, The World Cup has always been a magnet for sex tourism, but in a country where 1 in 5 people are living with HIV, international health experts believe sex workers will contribute greatly to the rise of newly contracted HIV infections that are certain to spread in other countries — this has led world-wide media and governments to look to FIFA for leadership.
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