The Guardian: Lauren Wilks – World Cup 2014: is Brazil’s sex industry crackdown a threat to human rights?

The sanitisation of Brazil’s image before the 2014 World Cup could have serious implications for sex workers

As preparations for the World Cup accelerate, Brazilian authorities are attempting to sanitise the country’s image by clamping down on sex-related businesses.

More than 2,000 websites have been targeted, and prostitutes are being threatened with prison sentences for displaying advertisements in phone boxes.

Fuelling this campaign are concerns that the influx of football fans this summer will trigger a boom in child prostitution and sex trafficking. But, according to Thaddeus Blanchette, an anthropologist who has documented prostitution in Rio since 2004, this view is too simplistic.

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