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Hello! Prostitution helpline is here

An organisation fighting forced prostitution, Solwodi, has launched a 24-hour helpline for prostitutes in trouble during the World Cup 2006.

india Updated: May 02, 2006 14:36 IST
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An organisation fighting forced prostitution, Solwodi, has launched a 24-hour helpline for prostitutes in trouble during the World Cup 2006.

The helpline will be operational until July 31, three weeks after the final of the June 9 to July 9 football extravaganza which is being hosted by 12 German cities, Solwodi said.

It will be staffed by 20 women who are able to take calls in English, French, German, Polish, Russian, Romanian, Spanish and Ukranian.

Some 40,000 prostitutes, mostly from eastern Europe, are expected to come to Germany for the World Cup and non-governmental and religious organisations have expressed concern that the event could see a rise in trafficking in women.

Solwodi, which stands for Solidarity with Women in Distress, was founded in Kenya in 1985 by a German Roman Catholic nun, Lea Ackermann.

First Published: May 02, 2006 14:36 IST