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World Cup in Brazil supports clean living, sportsmanship - and prostitutes?

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
January 9th, 2013
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With the World Cup Soccer Championship gearing up to take Brazil by storm in 2014, preparations are underway at the 62,000-seat Mineirao Stadium in the southeastern city of Belo Horizonte. The city will host three matches of the Confederations Cup and six games of the World Cup. The championships will stress clean living, good sportsmanship - and prostitutes.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Prostitution is legal in Brazil, so the prostitutes in one of Brazil's biggest cities are signing up for free English classes ahead of this year's Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup.

President of the Association of Prostitutes in the city of Belo Horizonte, Cida Vieira has said 20 women have already signed up for the courses.

Vieira expects at least 300 of the group's 4,000 members to follow suit. The association is seeking volunteer teachers as it organizes the English language classes.

"I don't think we will have problems persuading English teachers to provide services for free," she says. "We already have several volunteer psychologists and doctors helping us."

She says that classes are expected to begin in March and last up to eight months.

"It will be important for the girls who will be able to use English to let their clients know what they are charging .

"And for the same reasons we are also thinking of offering free French and Italian classes," she adds.

It's disheartening to think that many of these prostitutes will be working with many of the international athletes who will be coming to Brazil. Athletes typically stress ethical behavior and fair play.

The worldwide scourge of prostitution is illustrative of life in a capitalist society: As long as men are willing to pay for them, the prostitute will never go away .

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