Holy See condemns sex industry at World Cup

 The Holy See has denounced the prostitution industry that is taking place behind the scenes at the World Cup soccer competition that kicked off in Germany on Friday. Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travellers, told Vatican Radio: "behind the phenomenon of prostitution is the trafficking of human beings." The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe warns that 30,000 to 60,000 women and girls will fall victim to forced prostitution and abuse during the World Cup. Prostitution was legalised in Germany in 2002. The sex industry has prepared for the expected influx of three million soccer fans by constructing mega-brothels and "sex shacks," with private parking, showers and the promise to maintain clients' privacy. Speaking in soccer terms, Archbishop Marchetto said that "several red cards should be taken out against this industry, its clients and the public authorities that host the event." "Prostitution, in fact, violates the dignity of the human person, making the latter an object and instrument of sexual pleasure," he said. "Women become merchandise that can be purchased, whose cost is even lower than a ticket to a soccer match." Some of these women "are obliged to exercise this 'profession' against their will, for this reason they are the object [in the] trafficking," the archbishopadded. Many organizations, including Amnesty International, religious congregations, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, have denounced this practice, and the Vatican official stressed the responsibility of the "German authorities." "The ball is in their court," he concluded. Source: VIS