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As World Cup approaches, churches launch campaign to protect children

As World Cup approaches, churches launch campaign to protect children

Churches in Brazil are working together to battle child sex abuse during the World Cup games, which begin June 12. From Religion News Service:

With an estimated 600,000 soccer fans expected to arrive in Brazil within a matter of days, the South American nation is under pressure to combat its international reputation as a destination for child sex tourism.

Church leaders fear the heavy flow of tourists during the games could fuel an explosion of sexual trafficking of children and teens at fan fest locations around the World Cup arenas.

Thousands of youngsters will be on school holidays during the event, and the risks of exposure to criminal gangs and predatory individuals is significantly higher.

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