Preteen Girls Satisfy Demand for Sex Tourism In Brazil

How do you weather the global economic crisis?  Following Brazil’s example, it seems that one way is to permit, if not encourage, large-scale sex tourism.  The country has long attracted significant numbers of tourists, but, as a BBC reporter pointed out in a recent article, the country’s “erotic” reputation often results in an “unwanted” kind of tourist.

The legal age for prostitution in Brazil is 18, but in reality, many of the country’s sex workers are younger.  Some begin working when they are as old as seven or eight; Unicef estimates there are 250,000 child prostitutes in Brazil.  Some work to fund crack cocaine habits; others, because there are simply no other options.  And although the Brazilian government has engaged in a significant crackdown on sex tourists, arresting offenders and taking underage girls into care, the problem is still incredibly widespread.

The people who operate care houses for underage prostitutes report that girls routinely arrive with varying stages of cervical cancer; others are pregnant.  Other girls live in a state of constant fear, under the influence of a pimp who threatens them if they try to escape.

“I had no choice but to do what he said. I felt I was losing my childhood, I was only nine years old,” explained one twelve-year-old girl. “I was scared. Sometimes if I came back without money for him he’d hit me.”

Prostitution has a complex history in Brazil; it is legal but not regulated, and although condom use is high, due to a large-scale education campaign initiated by the Brazilian government.  The government has been trying to curb sex tourism for decades, with limited success.  And although child prostitution is often targeted, Brazil is usually ranked second behind Thailand in terms of child sex trafficking.

The BBC article, which is a little strange (why the accompanying pictures of the BBC reporter talking to various child prostitutes?), nevertheless gets its point across.  Child prostitution is a huge issue in Brazil, and the government, whatever it’s doing, is not effective enough. 

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261 comments

frank g.
frank g.5 days ago

Completely crazy! It's a shame.

Julie Neves
Julie Neves7 days ago

Completely crazy! It's a shame.

Rosemary H.
Rosemary H.13 days ago

Since I can only speculate on what childhood traumas turned this M-whats-it into a paeodophile, perhaps I should just send a blessing for recovery into normal life. ..................................................... Why do I respond at all? I guess the objective was to shock and disgust me, so it's better to be seen reacting so calmly ............................. I have better things than this M-whats-it to bother about.... Far from going round the world, at least he's accustomed to spending time in jail!

Rosemary H.
Rosemary H.14 days ago

I've just received this comment from a thing in this thread that has lost human status. "I intend to stand up for my beliefs and continue feeding hungry children semen all over the world." ........................................ If it's trying to shock me, it has failed...... Syrian refugees. a programme I've just watched on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz............... it's only making the most miserable of statements about itself....

Veronica Danie
Veronica Danie29 days ago

OMG.

Naomi Dreyer
Naomi Dreyerabout a month ago

Unicef estimates there are 250,000 child prostitutes in Brazil. Terrible!

H M.
H M.about a month ago

I take it this will get worse in time for the Olympics?

Rosemary H.
Rosemary H.2 months ago

Thanks, Gabrielle. I googled one... in constant trouble with the law... time inside... enough said!

Michael Kirkby
Michael Kirkby2 months ago

Continued from below A stiff penis has no conscience and boys are just as likely as girls to be abused. Education, proper sanitation, clean water, nutrition and economic opportunities are the basis of change. Of course birth control would help to curtail the number of children born into this situation but that begins with the parents and the governmental The religious entities such as Catholicism or Islam don't help the poor either. They espouse having as many children to contribute to the demographic mass in order to generate and sustain their temporal power. It is not in their interest. Stop having children that you can't feed properly. Easier said than done when the deck is stacked against you and the people who should be helping you hold the all the cards. To the pedos and their alpha/beta buddies I say that you are morally, spiritually and intellectually bereft. You are nothing more than a cheap empty suit.

Michael Kirkby
Michael Kirkby2 months ago

Continued from below Of course for some it is merely that they can do it and believe they will get away with it and they do for the most part. Remember that this is big business and money flows to the top so it's going to be a long process until we depose the paradigm that places material goods and money above good moral/ethical behavior and human dignity. This is why our planet is in such peril. The Alphas and Betas at the top covet material wealth and their hedonistic view has created the global mess we find ourselves in. This is their playground. It is why the depravity of such a thing as pedophilia and prostitution we find throughout the world. Perhaps if we knew what some of our politicians and business leaders got up to then we wouldn't elect them or buy their products or allow ourselves to be intellectually manipulated and programmed through the various media venues that they use. A stiff penis has no conscience and boys are just as likely as girls to be abused. Education, proper sanitation, clean water, nutrition and economic opportunities are the basis of change. Of course birth control would help to curtail the number of children born into this situation but that begins with the parents and the governmental will to achieve it. The religious entities such as Catholicism or Islam don't help the poor either. They espouse having as many children to contribute to the