Wednesday 06 June 2012
A group of MEPs has warned against prostitution at the Olympics this summer in London. Previous international sporting events like the World Cup in Germany in 2006 and the Athens Olympics back in 2004 led to a sharp increase in the sex trade, they claim.
The “Red card to prostitution” campaign led by the European Women’s Lobby asks men – and it is mainly men, they say – to abstain from buying sex.
But will it really make a difference?
Their big concern is that women are being trafficked and then forced to work as sex slaves by illegal gangs. Despite several attempts at reform, the law on prostitution in the UK is complicated.
In the studio to debate the issue, Pierrette Pape from the European’s Women’s Lobby. And one of London’s MEPs who is following the issue and supporting their campaign, Mary Honeyball.