Prostitution will be ‘rife’ at Commonwealth Games

137290-prostitution-will-be-rife-at-commonwealth-games-410x230MSP says Commonwealth Games workers will increase demand for prostitutes.

A Liberal Democrat MSP claims the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will bring “huge numbers” of women into Scotland who will be forced into prostitution.

Robert Brown, the Scottish Lib Dems’ justice spokesman, believes funds should be made available to tackle sex trafficking before and during the games.

He said: “Even before 2014, development of the Commonwealth Games infrastructure will bring in many well paid construction workers and others, away from home for long periods of time, often with a high disposable income.

“These workers will increase the demand for prostitution hugely during the construction phase of the Games, attracting sex traffickers who will smuggle women in from Africa and eastern Europe, and who will be forced against their will into prostitution.”

Public Health Minister Shona Robison said the Government works closely with police and UK agencies to combat human trafficking.

She said: “There is an element within the budget for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games which covers all aspects of security.”

Strathclyde Police will also lead a group to consider all security issues, including human trafficking associated with the games, she added.

But Mr Brown said the minister’s answer showed a “lack of urgency” and urged “concerted, effective and properly resourced action”.

A Scottish government spokesman said: “A multi-agency group led by Strathclyde Police including representatives from UKBA, Glasgow City Council, the Organising Committee and the UK Human Trafficking Centre is in place.

“This group will consider all potential security issues, including human trafficking both during the construction programme and during the games themselves.”


Published in: on November 16, 2009 at 9:39 am  Comments (1)  
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  1. The vacinity of all major sporting events becomes ripe for politicians to make political capital out of scaremongering over human trafficking. In reality, there’s no evidence of it:

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