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“Maybe it will be better once this World Cup has passed"- Research findings regarding the impact of the 2010 Soccer World Cup on Sex Work in South Africa

Friday, 15 July 2011 15:10

Background
International sporting events are increasing in frequency and magnitude. It is estimated that the FIFA World Cup brought close to 400 000 visitors to South Africa in 2010. Little research has been conducted into the demand and supply of paid sex during big sporting events and where the topic has been explored, the focus tends to fall on speculation around human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation, rather than on adult, consensual sex work.

Aims
This research project aimed to:
• Assess if there is a change in the demand for or supply of paid sex during an international sporting event;
• Track the number of clients and potential changes in sex work activity during the World Cup;
• Assess sex worker fears, expectations and experiences of the 2010 FIFA World Cup; and
• Gather information on sex worker mobility, frequency of health care visits, access to services, vulnerability to HIV, interactions with healthcare providers and interaction with police.

This report is attached below.