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Preteen Girls Satisfy Demand for Sex Tourism In Brazil

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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12:42PM PDT on Sep 16, 2014

Terrible :( :(

6:17AM PDT on Aug 12, 2014

It is indeed very sad. i normally don't support the death penalty, but i would make an exception for pedophiles or any abusers of children.

4:36AM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

thank you

6:36PM PST on Jan 1, 2014

Thanks Nikolas K. I will try to correct everything that is wrong with America

7:06AM PST on Dec 30, 2013

This article was written more than 3 years ago. Does all this still hold true?

8:54PM PST on Dec 29, 2013

This article and many others under women's rights are actually just meant to divide and conquer the human race by this segregation by labels and actions. My question to you all is why is there no mention of pre teen boys being forced into prostitution because as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow there are women who engage in this. We need to remove this term women's rights and just have human rights for all. The problem of humanity is its belief of separation and our continuance of this by labels. Remember we are spiritual beings having a human experience to wake up and see that separation does not exist except in our minds and that our whole experience is just a dream.
The original lords prayer before it was altered starts of like this.
Forgive us our dreams dear father, for they are just a mind asleep.

if you want the full version just ask and you shall receive.

11:54AM PST on Dec 29, 2013

I'd like to be clear on one thing: I know that the article exposes a sad reality. I'm not blind or stupid, and I don't mind reading informed opinions about my country. However, I repeat that Brazil is indeed huge, and even if I trusted lawmakers and/or politicians I wouldn't believe that this problem (or others) will be solved easily. It's difficult to change people and minds in places where there is poverty and no jobs or schools. There is the additional obstacle of the christian churches that preach against sexual education, condoms, or anything that has to do with what I would think this century is. That is why we see an eleven year old girl that is raped, and even though authorized by a court of law to abort (abortion is a crime in Brazil), she is excommunicated by the Catholic church with all her family. Not the rapist. I believe that only education can help (I agree with Malala), but I think there is a long way to go, because I don't see the necessary will to carry on. Lots of private interests, lots of religious and conservative interference... If anybody has seen what happened in the streets this year on TV, maybe they will remember that people protested against the budget destined to sports events that will take place in Rio de Janeiro, but not to hospitals and education. I don't see how we can change without education. I see India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, all countries where girls are treated like garbage and...? Each time I read about a rape in India my heart cries.

11:25AM PST on Dec 29, 2013

How horrible....

8:05AM PST on Dec 29, 2013

Prostitution is not a crime in Brazil, but inducing a person between 14 to 18 years old to do it is illegal, specially if it is done by those who are responsible for their care (parents, relatives, etc.). It must be understood that this is a huge country, like USA, where there are huge cultural differences. For instance, child prostitution is a bigger problem in north and northeast states, and in many cases children are "sold" by their own parents/relatives. Yes, it hurts. It is like we live in a totally different country, but I have the same feeling when I read about all the conservative laws that USA are pushing to restrict women rights, or when I read about some rich person that has "slaves" in his/her staff.

3:41AM PST on Dec 29, 2013

Horrific.

Here is Australia anyone who has sex overseas with a minor can be prosecuted under our laws. I wish other countries would make this law too to fight against the tourists travelling from their countries to go to places like Brazil.

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