When, “When in Rome,” Gets You to Levinworth… DON’T DO IT..

American citizen[s] or national[s] may be subject to prosecution Under 18 U.S.C. §2423(c)  Even if the person did not have the intent to engage in sex with a minor at the time he or she left the United States, such intent at the time of travel is not necessary. For example, an American citizen or national who travels to a foreign country without any such intent, but who engages in a commercial sex act with a person under 18 at some point during his stay in that foreign country, may be subject to prosecution

The United States Department of Justice Office, Child Exploitation and Obscenity Office

Section 2423(c) prohibits traveling in foreign commerce and engaging in any illicit sexual conduct. Section 2423(c) includes attempt and conspiracy, see 18 § 2423(e), and has a statutory maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.

United States Sentencing Commission, March 2013

I know this does not seem like a soccer blog topic… The Prostitution of Children seems like a topic very far removed the game we love.  It is not…

Prostituted Children are being exploited all around the game, just to make a couple current examples:

  • Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema are currently awaiting deliberations from a criminal court in France on paying a minor for sexual services.

[UPDATE – Both were acquitted this morning 1/30/2014 … Ribery had admitted having paying the girl for sex over a two year period but not knowing she was a minor. Benzema denied ever engaging in sexual relations with the same 16-17 year old girl]

  • Silvio Berlusconi, owner of AC Milan and Prime Minister of Italy, was convicted of paying for sex with a 17 year old girl, facing new allegations of witness tampering in that case.

The news is not always shameful for soccer.

Wesley Snejider’s wife Yolanthe Sneijder Cabau founded Free A Girl Foundation in the Netherlands with the mission: “…to prevent and repress prostitution of children under 18, anywhere in the world.”  Wesley acts as an Ambassador for the Foundation which has liberated over 2,000 girls from sexual enslavement.

Now comes why this is most important to soccer fans…

The World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world.  It is ALSO THE BIGGEST CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION EVENT in the World.   It is especially bad this tournament, as it was in South Africa, because of the economic situation of Brazil is precarious at best.  There are an estimated 2 million children currently living on the streets in Brazil all are at risk for sexual exploitation.

As part of the World Cup comes the inevitability of children being sexuality exploited by tourists.  If you are America (or British or whatever), there is NO WHEN IN ROME defense to this.  It is illegal in the US to engage in sexual activity with a minor wherever the hell you are hanging out.  Paying the child, in money, food, shelter, or whatever is child prostitution. In the US, it is a crime punishable by up to 30 years in federal prison… that is the one WITHOUT ANY PAROLE POSSIBLE.


IT’S A PENALTY is a group effort that is working specifically educate and eradicate the commercial sexual exploitation of children primarily for UK tourists to the Cup.   They have listed David Luiz as a spokesman who in turn as enlisted Chelsea teammates Frank Lampard, Oscar, Ramires, and former teammate Paulo Ferrier as global ambassadors.  Additionally, Steven Gerrard and former player, now commentator Gary Lineker are ambassadors to spread the message as wide as possible to the UK and the World that if you engage with sexual activity with a minor, you will be punished.

The US has the second most tickets requested… We have A LOT of people traveling down for this…  DON’T DO SOMETHING SO STUPID BECAUSE YOU THINK IT’S OK IN BRAZIL… IT’S NOT OK THERE AND IT’S NOT OK HERE or or from where ever you are traveling to Brazil 


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