Media Release

Federation Internationale de Football Association

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FIFA has no power to take legal action against human trafficking and forced prostitution

FIFA condemns any human rights violations, particularly in terms of human trafficking and forced prostitution. However, in response to various demands for FIFA to intervene in such practices with regard to the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™, FIFA wishes to make it clear that legally, it has no power to do so and that as world football's governing body, it cannot be responsible for such matters.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter firmly rejects accusations that by adopting a "passive stance", FIFA is part of human trafficking practices: "FIFA places great importance on respecting human life and the physical integrity of human beings. Prostitution and trafficking of women, however, does not fall within the sphere of responsibility of an international sports federation, but in that of the authorities and the law-makers of any given country.

"As a global sports organisation, FIFA is obliged to comply with international and national law. With regard to its competitions, FIFA's main task is to make sure that its competitions are organised in accordance with the law's sporting and technical standards and regulations.

"In terms of its social responsibility, FIFA has developed special campaigns with various UN bodies and non-governmental organisations over the years, and has decided to dedicate the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ to the rights of children, to peace and to the fight against discrimination," concluded Blatter.