Concern Over Prostitution at World Cup

Sweden has asked Germany to take tough measures against sex trafficking during the upcoming soccer World Cup.

Swedish Justice Minister Thomas Bodström took up the issue when the EU’s Council of Ministers met in Brussels Tuesday. Swedish politicians have expressed concern over reports that Germany is providing facilities for an expected increase in prostitution during the World Cup.

Sweden is one of three European countries where buying sex is illegal.

The meeting also adopted a proposal Sweden has sponsored to allow police increased access to information about telephone traffic and e-mail.