Brazilian teen girls becoming prostitutes before World Cup in bid to escape poverty
Brazil has become a major destination for sex tourism.
Ahead of the 2014 World Cup, attention is focusing on Brazil and many of its social ills. Of particular concern is the epidemic of child prostitution as the country becomes a major destination for sex tourism.
The number of prostitutes, especially children, working in Brazil is increasing ahead of the World Cup.
According to UNICEF, 100,000 children are presently employed in the worldwide sex trade. Many of them in Brazil.
Unlike in many countries, where authorities turn a blind eye to such practices, Brazilian authorities actually work to crack down on child sex trade, but doing so is proving very difficult.
First, there's the issue of supply. Life in parts of Brazil is very hard and children face some of the greatest hardships. Often subjected to abuse and drugs at a young age, many children feel abuse is normal. Some girls have expressed surprise that their work as prostitutes should be frowned upon.
Many girls work the streets on their own accord-at least initially, and are eventually recruited by pimps who ensure they work hard and turn a tidy profit. Of course, all of the activity is predatory, from the men who pick them up, to the people who keep the girls working.
When authorities manage to make an arrest, prostitutes commonly change their stories or refuse to cooperate. Only a tiny fraction of the sex cases being worked by Brazilian authorities actually involve underage prostitution. A smaller fraction of those cases will actually lead to punishment for the perpetrators.
So, with a degree of impunity, the child sex trade is ramping up for the World Cup, when nearly a million visitors will converge on host cities. Most of those visitors will be intent on watching the games, but some will be men with a more repulsive appetite, and thanks to the work of organized crime, a weak economy, and inadequate enforcement, there will be plenty of poor, abused children ready to meet them.
Brazilian authorities plan to stage a crackdown during the event, but with the industry booming there's little hope of stemming the tide of the ongoing tragedy of industrialized child abuse.
A birth foretold: click here to learn more!
© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2014
Respect for Women: That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
Vocations: That many young people may accept the Lord’s invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Americas News
- Denouncing the nation of Panama as a 'lackey,' Venezuela severs diplomatic ties
- Coin found by treasure hunter confirms long disputed historical fact
- Starbucks watch out! Crops, jobs and wages in Central America tumble due to coffee bean disease
- Bolivia Changes Law on Abortion: More Children at Risk
- Tunnel network couldn't save 'el Chapo' from being brought to justice
- Venezuelan president seeks high-level talks with Obama
- World's most wanted drug lord 'El Chapo' finally arrested
- Our Lady of Guadalupe: The Woman Who Casts a Shadow
- Worth more than money: Vatican blocks 'deconsecration' of historic Catholic church
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?