Row over special visa to non-Euro girls
To check forced prostitution during World Cup in Germany, the EU has proposed a short-term visa for women.india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 14:07 IST
The proposal to impose special visa requirements for women from non-European countries for visiting the football World Cup has invited a lot of criticism.
European Commissioner for Justice and Security Franco Frattini had proposed the creation of a short-term visa for women from some non-EU countries at a conference to mark the International Women's Day.
Women members strongly opposed it, calling itblatant discrimination against women.
The conference was intended to focus on the controversial issue of trafficking of women for the purpose of prostitution at the World Cup.
"Frattini has come up with the wrong solution for tackling the problem," they said in a statement.
"What we need is action against the smugglers behind the forced prostitution of women. This is even morediscriminating for the women," they said.
According to the women MPs, traffickers from Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union "make an estimated $67,000 a year for every woman they smuggle".
The MPs called for the creation of special police units to target traffickers and a bigger budget to allow Europol to work effectively.