Child Sex Workers in Brazil

Posted on August 4, 2011 • Filed under: Brazil, Crime, Human Rights Latin America, Social Issues, TRAVEL

These children end up on the street for various reasons—poverty, deaths in the family, lack of educational opportunities, marginalization, sexual abuse in the home (often by fathers and step-fathers). Usually very poor and desperate, these kids depend on this kind of work for survival. Many of them support their families by prostituting, and it’s also not uncommon for them to be supporting their own and their mother’s crack-cocaine habits. On average, the youngsters charge about five dollars for an hour of sex. Although prostitution isn’t criminalized in Brazil, pimping and bringing minors to a location (like a hotel) to have sex with them, is. Read Article

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