Back on March 19th I posted about all the predictions of a mass migration of the world’s prostitutes to South Africa to service soccer fans at the 2010 World Cup competition. Indeed, a Google search for “40,000″ and “world cup” resulted in 700,000 links to stories about just that ridiculous projection.
Well, guess what. According to CNN:
The behavior of fans in South Africa has run contrary to what was predicted prior to the start of the tournament after David Bayever told World Cup organizers in March it was feared that up to 40,000 extra prostitutes could converge in the host nation to meet the expected demand.
Bayever, deputy chairperson of South Africa’s Central Drug Authority (CDA) that advises on drug abuse but also works with prostitutes, warned: “Forty-thousand new prostitutes. As if we do not have enough people of our own, we have to import them to ensure our visitors are entertained.”
Said one prostitute:
“Before the tournament we were getting good money but [over the month] it has not been busy at all. We thought it was going to be much better but it has been boring. I’ve actually left Johannesburg now because there has been so little trade.
And where are soccer fans going, if not to brothels?
But where one industry declined because of the change in soccer fans’ tastes, another has boomed — cultural centers such as museums and art galleries have reported record attendance.