Brazil

New Prostitution Law Proposal Punishes Enterprises in Brazil – 16 June 2014

The Brazilian parliament is currently analysing a new law proposal that is intended to punish private commercial establishments associated with prostitution or trafficking in persons. The Law proposal 5742/13, by the deputy Guilherme Mussi, is considered another barrier in the affirmation of sex workers’ rights in Brazil.

Sex Workers Innovate and Empower Themselves During World Cup in Brazil

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Sex workers are prepared for the World Cup in Brazil and for increasing 30% of their earnings during the event, according to the sex worker-led association APROSMIG. The games take place in several big cities of the country, including Belo Horizonte in the State of Minas Gerais, where APROSMIG operates its community-led services.

Same Old Story: Sex Workers Targeted through 'Hygienist Policies' Before the World Cup in Brazil

As the World Cup 2014 in Brazil gets closer, several human rights violations against sex workers can be observed across the country. Current public policies related to sex work is being framed under anti-trafficking efforts and combatting sexual exploitation of children and adolescents, as part of the agreement between the Brazilian government and FIFA.

Sex Workers Organise Protest Against Police Actions in Recent Raids in Niteroi

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After several street protests against police illegal actions against sex workers in the city of Niteroi, state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 31 May 2014 the sex worker-led NGO Davida, member of NSWP, organised a Daspu catwalk protest in front of the building where sex workers were arrested on 23 May 2014.

Fare Tales and Fairy Tails: How Gay Sex Tourism is shaping the Brazillian Dream

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This article analyzes the aspirations of michês, straight-identified Brazilian men who exchange sex for money with gay-identified male sex tourists from North America and Western Europe.

Statement from The Brazilian Network of Prostitutes: Federal Government Censorship, Intervention, and Alteration of the AIDS Prevention Campaign

The Brazilian Network of Prostitutes released a statement on June 7, 2013, in response to the government's recent censorship of a rights based HIV prevention campaign developed by sex workers in partnership with the STD/AIDS Department/Ministry of Health earlier this year. The campaign was launched for International Prostitutes Day (June 2nd), and, just two days later, ordered to be taken offline by the Minister of Health. A sanitised and adulterated campaign was relaunched several days later. Sex worker NGOs quickly mobilised and released statements criticising the government's actions. As the Brazilian Network of Prostitutes noted, "With the government’s decision to first veto and then drastically alter the AIDS campaign supposedly constructed in partnership with prostitutes, we see that they are using this social group to affirm what they desire, thereby ignoring the achievements of the social movement and violating diverse democratic principles".

The full statement from the Brazilian Network of Prostitutes is available here. The following blog post from Laura Murray, sex worker rights advocate, filmmaker, and student based in Brazil, provides more background information about the events that have unfolded in the country over the past week and a link to the entire censored campaign.