The Olympic sex trafficking myth
The Olympic sex trafficking mythInternational sporting events raise awareness on sex trafficking, but at what cost?
How real is the link between sex trafficking and international sporting events like the upcoming London Summer Olympics? It has been reported that large-scale sporting events cause a surge in sex trafficking. But some who advocate on behalf of sex trafficking victims say that over-exaggerated claims have led to increased policing and sex worker crackdowns that may be driving trafficking further underground.
In this episode of The Stream, we discuss the relationship between trafficking and sporting events with Annalee Lepp of the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women. We also speak with Darby Hickey (@DarbyBPPP), policy analyst with the Best Practices Policy Project and Joanna Ewart-James, programme co-ordinator with Anti-Slavery International (@anti_slavery).
What do you think? Is there a credible link between #sextrafficking and the #Olympics? What are the solutions to end sex trafficking? Send us your thoughts and comments on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #AJStream.