France vs. Croatia: How Are These World Cup Finalists Fighting Sexual Exploitation?

“The World Cup is a gift for traffickers,” said Yulia Siluyanova of Alternativa, a Moscow-based anti-slavery organization.

It’s no secret that international events like the World Cup that draw huge crowds have long been a hub for trafficking and prostitution, usually with some arrests and countless sting operations taking down the pimps, johns, and traffickers who take advantage of professional soccer’s/football’s biggest weekend. For the 21st FIFA World Cup throughout the last month in Russia, the trafficking situation has been—unfortunately—no exception.

The World Cup’s dark underbelly

Prostitution is reportedly illegal in Russia, but there are around three million regular prostituted persons

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