Prostitution is a Major Concern Ahead of the Winter Olympics
As Vancouver gets ready to host the 2010 Winter Olympics, human rights advocates are concerned that prostitution may flourish in the area.
“Any time that you have men who are travelling, so they’re away from their social networks and they enjoy a degree of anonymity, they’re more likely to purchase sex,” said Michelle Miller, the leader of REED. Ms Miller proposes that Canada should follow Sweden in criminalizing buying of sex and showing human concern towards the victims.
According to a group called Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity (REED), prostitution was in huge demand.at the football world cup (2006) tournament in Germany, which attracted a record number of human traffickers.
Anti-trafficking groups are launching a campaign to draw attention to what is predicted to be a huge demand for paid sex for thousands of men attending the 2010 Olympics. The "Buying Sex is Not a Sport" campaign will include ex-prostitutes who say Canada's laws should target the buying of sex as violence against women.