[Europe] Summer sporting extravaganza must not be a boom for traffickers

Public Sevice

‘Public Sevice’ reports that Euro 2012 and London Olympics could be fertile ground for gangs of trafficked children, forced to pick pockets and beg. An increase of demand in the sex industry is also expected – warns Catherine Bearder is a British MEP and a member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. European Union’s anti-trafficking coordinator Myria Vassiliadou said “sporting events are a hub for criminal gangs” and “we want to see awareness-raising when it comes to sporting events”.