“It’s easy to buy a girl, it’s like buying chocolate”
20 noviembre, 2013
With this disheartening statement, Carlos Da Bomba, youth counselor, describes perfectly the current problem of child prostitution and abuses in Brazil.
Since 1949, prostitution in this country is legal but it is illegal to operate a brothel. Prostitution is very common and it’s very spread all over the country: 15% of Brazilian women and 10% of the total Brazilian population work as prostitutes.
According to a survey done in 1998, 64% of the population thought that prostitution was “immoral”, but nowadays 59% thinks that “prostitutes should be free to do their job if they like it”.
Life conditions in Brazil are so hard and complicated for women, that many of them have no other options than becoming prostitutes. The causes are many: maltreatment, abandonment, poverty, especially the lack of education brings to this only solution.
The legalization of the prostitution took to the problem of the child trafficking and abuse.
In fact, Brazil is the second country after Thailand with this problem, and authorities think that it will get even worse in the next years.
In 2014 and 2016, the Football World Cup and the Olympic Games will take place in Rio de Janeiro, and this will bring a lot of tourists in the country, that will not look only sports, but also for kids.
“We are looking for a way to avoid this”, says Edivaldo Tauares, member of the Child Rights Advocacy. He works in the area of Recife, and he says that here kids are in danger and the World Cup will bring an injury in the community.
The increasing number of tourist has flood the north-east of Brazil, that doesn’t only take to the child traffic, but also to the drug trafficking and to the human trafficking.
Da Bomba continues saying that the situation in this area is “out of control”. Taxi drivers, hotel workers and drug dealers form an underground network, which directly connects the supply and the demand.
A total of 1.819 businesses in the Brazilian national roads, encourage the child prostitution. They are truck shops, spas, shops, restaurants, hotels, clubs, overpasses, shops in rural locations, with weak presence of the State and without Police control or health centers.
Most of these businesses are located in urban areas (45,5%), while the 31% is in the rural zones.
The UN estimates that almost 250.000 individuals are sexually exploited in Brazil, especially in the regions where Europeans and Americans go. In these regions, where the level of poverty is extremely high, kids – even of 12 o 13 years – find prostitution as an easy way to make money.
Even if the government is trying to protect prostitutes and their rights, it’s not solving the problem of child prostitution. This issue is getting worse and worse with the years, and tourism and foreign people do not help to win the battle against it. Otherwise, they support the abuse of children and teenagers, without realizing the terrible injuries that these children have in the future.