Major sporting events (MSEs) are not only competitions between world-class athletes but also between countries to host them. Massive public and private investments are made into these events presenting the host country with the chance of improving infrastructure and creating job opportunities, especially in urban areas. Yet, multiple human rights violations such as land acquisition and resettlement, bad working conditions and natural resources exploitation are swept under the carpet.
The shiny results and displays overshadow the human rights violations against those who worked, or even died, to make the event possible. One of the most pressing issues is modern slavery. MSEs increase the potential of human trafficking, bonded labour and sexual exploitation. Another place where sports and slavery meet is the manufacturing of sports goods.