The World Cup is coming to South Africa. A lot of beers will be drank, and a lot of illegal sex will be had.
This is a country where young girls and women (and no doubt boys and men as well) walk the street, a major sporting event the like of World Cup will add a not-so-welcomed boost to its sex industry.
Unlike the last World Cup held in Germany, where prostitution was legal, and thus controlled, South Africa is the wild wild west. And business is booming for human traffickers.
From a recent Time report:
While South Africa invests billions to prepare its infrastructure for the half-million visitors expected to attend, tens of thousands of children have become ensnared in sexual slavery, and those who profit from their abuse are also preparing for the tournament. … The children, sold for as little as $45, can earn more than $600 per night for their captors. “I’m really looking forward to doing more business during the World Cup,” said a trafficker.
And this kind of attitude from the president of the country does not help.
Jacob Zuma practices polygamy, and has now just admitted to fathering his 20th child – and not from one of his 3 wives either.
In a country where 20% of its population are HIV-positive, the campaign against unprotected sex with multiple partners is not just a matter of social and ethical etiquette, it’s pretty much a matter of national security. For someone in Zuma’s position to publicly flaunt the policy-line, and engage in behaviour that so many global agencies and NGOs are trying to dissuade the African citizenries from, it’s pretty despicable.