(By Ray D.)
Whether you call it 'soccer' or 'football', the 2006 FIFA World Cup is sure to be a spectacular, memorable event for sports fans the world over. Less then a year away, the sports bonanza will also provide a much-needed economic shot in the arm to Germany, the host country. And some German cities are doing everything...and we mean everything...to maximize the expected economic gains from the games. The following example of uncommon German entrepreneurial spirit essentially speaks for itself. N24 reports:
"Catholic Women against World Cup Grand Bordellos
At its fall meeting a few days ago, the German Catholic Women's League of the Wuerzburg Diocese criticized plans for the football (soccer) world championship as inhuman. It is said that there is work taking place under high pressure to create suitable places of prostitution in World Cup game sites like Dortmund. The local director of the "Ordnungsamt" (Bureau of Order) proposed that the empty lots from surrounding home improvement (do-it-yourself) stores be made ready for this purpose. This is reported by the online newspaper "Kath.net".
Not "Voluntarily" in Germany
"Many of the 40,000 prostitutes that are expected from outside of Germany are victims of organized criminality. And even women who enter Germany "voluntarily" are monitored by bordello owners, exploited and abused," said the diocese chairwoman Elisabeth Stula in Wuerzburg.
Stula demanded that members of the Women's League write letters to the local authorities, the German Football (Soccer) League, the responsible state and federal governments so that the rights and dignity of women remains secure during the 2006 World Cup."
40,000?! Wow...we are definitely not in Disneyland anymore kids. And who says there isn't any "Gastfreundlichkeit" left in Germany? They are working overtime to ensure that fans can enjoy the game, a cold beer, and a good foreign hooker near the local do-it-yourself store afterwards. (no pun intended)
Prostitution is Legally Tolerated in Germany
Nothing like a little good-old-fashioned, wholesome "Grand Bordello" near the local Obi to keep the fans happy and the money flowing this coming summer. This much is clear: Next year's World Cup in Germany promises to be a high-scoring event!
Update: Here is an article on the topic from SPIEGEL ONLINE's English Site.