The year-old, whose drug-addicted mother died on the infamous BR highway, is a working prostitute from the town where underage girls are raffled off to middle-aged men. Lying km up the highway north west and a world away from the glitter and sands of Rio de Janeiro and Copacabana beach, the town is in Bahia, one of Brazil's poorest states. Bisected by the BR, Candido Sales is clogged with trucks and heavy goods vehicles crawling by the town's bars and brothels. Sex trafficking gangs target the town and poor families are vulnerable to offers of money for their little girls. When anti-child prostitution organisation Meninadanca set up in Candido Sales two years ago, even they were surprised to find the extent of abuse of girls still of primary school age.
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FORTALEZA, Brazil Reuters - With Brazil hosting the World Cup next year, officials fear an explosion in child prostitution as sex workers migrate to big cities and pimps recruit more underage prostitutes to meet the demand from local and foreign soccer fans. Child prostitution is driven mostly by local demand in Brazil, with more than 75 percent of clients coming from the same or nearby states as their victims, according to estimates from the secretariat. In contrast, very little is being spent on fighting the sexual exploitation of minors, campaigners say.
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To formulate her policy, Ms. President Jair Bolsonaro and his allies accused their leftist rivals of encouraging teenagers to have sex at a young age. He also condemned a school campaign against homophobia that was designed, but never implemented, by his leftist predecessors. His message was powerfully effective at mobilizing evangelical voters, a growing and politically powerful constituency in Brazil. Experts say the campaign could undermine the progress Brazil has made in curbing teen pregnancy. The rate in the United States was 18 per 1, in Another pressing health care challenge that could be adversely affected by the campaign is curbing H. Brazil earned global accolades for its maverick efforts to fight the disease at the beginning of this century, including ignoring global patents to make generic versions of lifesaving medicine. But in recent years, the virus has been spreading at a rate experts call alarming.
A car pulls up. The girl climbs in. This is a common scene around the stadium in Fortaleza, considered Brazil's child prostitution capital and a magnet for sex tourism, according to local authorities. Transvestites also work the dusty pavements of this newly renovated thoroughfare but young girls are in higher demand. You'll find them around town during the day too.