7 Things to Know about Brazil Prostitution

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Prostitution, no doubt, is one of the ancient professions on earth, dating back to the golden early days. It is, even at present, a common practice for a compact majority of the Brazilian population even now. Although prostitution, the act of exchanging sex for money that is, might be the universe’s ancient profession, so many aspects about it pose the need for demystification and thus, we have taken a quick overview of the entire prostitution scenario in Brazil.

1. Its Brief History

The demand for prostitutes’ sexual services in Brazil is and has been there for centuries; not only are the unique services required among women but also of the male gender and even transgenders at that. Back in the 1970s and early 1980s, prostitutes in Brazil, led by Grabriela Leite (a famous ex-prostitute and NGO Da Vida’s president), and did form political movements. Such like incidences were witnessed in Brazil over the years where merely a decade past, a sex work by the name Bruna Surfistinha become the talk of the media for setting afloat a blog where she explicitly narrates her experiences with each and every client. In fact, Casa Rosa has such a reputation for itself as one of the most popular brothels in Rio de Janeiro, and some even been deemed as a museum by some.

2. Prostitution as a Legal Matter and its Regulation

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Prostitution in this South American state is not illegal, as there exist no laws prohibiting adult prostitution. However, it’s not legal to run a brothel or to hire prostitutes (sex workers) in any other way. However, this legislation somehow tends to be contradictory as a significant percentage of the prostitutes aren’t in a position to operate in a self-governing manner. Additionally, as much as the houses may be illegal, in Brazil the theme danced is completely different as sexual exploitation and corruption is at its peak. With regards to this, and with the next 2016 Olympics adventure, Jean Wyllys, the federal deputy presented the Grabriela Leite project law in 2013 as a regulatory measure.

3. Prostitution Extent and Child/Teenage Prostitution

Saddening as it is, there is a widespread of child and teenage prostitution in this rather captivating country, and it is indeed a national catastrophe. Statistics have it that Brazil, as a country, has the worst estimated levels of child/teenage sex trafficking second only to Thailand with a whopping quarter-a-million children in play. This is attributed to the degree of poverty in the nation as well as inequalities in most (some) regions of the country. The Brazilian government, however, is working extra harder though to curb the demon of child prostitution.

4. Prostitution Sex as a Tourist Attraction

There exist nations which are recognized on a global scale by their prominent sexual tourism, and Brazil falls a primary victim of this endeavor, mainly typified by child prostitution. Tourists, in high percentages from the European nations and a small proportion from the United States, visit Brazil seeking to establish sexual relationships with the underage. Calling a rose by its name, sex tourism is experienced all over the nation, though it thrives most in the attractive coastal resort centers in the South, Southeast, and Northeast and the established tourist destinations like Fortaleza and Rio de Janeiro and in the wildlife (nature) tourist areas of Amazon and Pantanal.

5. Prostitutes Abroad

It’s not astonishing that extreme numbers of Brazilian professional sex workers are found in many regions of the world in the likes of Uruguay, Chile, the United States, Argentina, and Surinam. The neighboring countries are not all that there is to it. The penetration of the business has taken a different lane altogether where even in the Western Europe end, Brazilian prostitutes are present in plenty. The nations where it isn’t such a hustle to find them include Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and Spain.

6. Brazil Prostitution and HIV/AIDS

Present statistics might have it otherwise but as of 2003, approximately 6% of the prostitutes in Brazil were infected with HIV. A thumbs up, however, the use of condoms among prostitutes is high according to the Prostitution Civil Rights, a step forward that can be credited to the productive information campaigns. In 2005, the government of Brazil did turn down USD 40 million in the anti-HIV funding of the U.S., as the United States government needed all recipients to put a pen on an anti-prostitution pledge. All in all, however, the UN consider the anti-AIDS program of Brazil to be the utmost complimentary among the developing countries.

7. Civilization has Revolutionized Prostitution

First and foremost, the sex business (prostitution) is not managed and run by uneducated folk but is perhaps presided over and operated by people, who one way or the other, are finding it difficult to get other opportunities in life. Setting that aside, the sex economy (trade), at its very outset, is a family business where a certain percentage of the prostitutes population had a family member who was in the industry earlier on. To sum things up, the advancement of technology has taken the business a step further where even credit cards and electronic transfers are employed to pay for the services provided.

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