Rising concerns about child trafficking in big sport events

Various estimates show 15000 children and adults are trafficked in and out of France every year. A vast majority of them do not register complaints after they are sold into forced labour and prostitution. The other part of the problem lies with European travelers who visit other countries, be it for business or for holidays. (From Anustup Roy of Press TV)

French NGOs are launching an awareness campaign, pointing out large sporting events may spark an increase in prostitution and trafficking, like World Cup in South Africa, and UEFA Cup in Ukraine. The children may be abused in France and other countries too, says Yves Charpenel, Director of Scelles Foundation.

Here’s the biggest concern: big international sport events in Brazil which will hold the Confederation Cup in 2013, the Football World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016 expecting a high number of rich tourists from all over the world.

According to Mark Pattison of The Boston Pilot, more progress is being made by the companies who benefit the most financially from major sport events as they lend their considerable weight in deterring child trafficking.

Earlier this year, a consortium of Catholic investment groups did the same with the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. This summer, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility tackled the Olympic Games in London. And Julie Tanner, assistant director of socially responsible investing for Christian Brothers Investment Services, said more companies than ever before responded favorably to their queries.

Christian Brothers Investment Services prepared a report for its member funds, highlighting best practices in preventing child trafficking in their enterprises. The Olympic sponsors approached by Christian Brothers were “a wide range of companies” — mining, cars, customer service products and food.

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