Sex Workers Hustle to Greet Soccer Fans

South Africa expects influx of 40K prostitutes
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2010 8:44 AM CDT
Sex Workers Hustle to Greet Soccer Fans
A train passes people in the township of Khayelitsha situated on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa.   (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

Prostitutes from around the world are making their way to South Africa hoping to make a fortune from frisky soccer fans at next month's World Cup. Authorities predict 40,000 sex workers will arrive to greet 500,000 foreign fans. Most are coming from South Africa's impoverished neighboring countries, although one hotel boss says prostitutes have arrived from as far away as China, Venezuela, and Pakistan.

Human rights activists warn that many of the women have been trafficked and urge hotels to shun the sex trade. In desperately poor parts of Zimbabwe, some women have left their husbands to travel to South Africa. 'Marriages are fast breaking up with women choosing to stay alone in South Africa's hotels and lodges,” a village elder in southern Zimbabwe tells the Christian Science Monitor. "But the most unfortunate part, is what are they going to do after the World Cup?" (More South Africa stories.)

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