Young children are supplying an increasing demand from foreign tourists who travel to Brazil for sex holidays, according to a BBC investigation. Chris Rogers reports on how the country is overtaking Thailand as a destination for sex tourism and on attempts to curb the problem. Her small bikini exposes her tiny frame. She looks no older than 13 - one of dozens of girls parading the street looking for clients in the blazing mid-afternoon sun. Most come from the surrounding favelas - or slums. An older woman standing nearby steps in and introduces herself as Clemie's mother.
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The tally by private firm Axur and published Sunday in the O Globo newspaper shows the number of sites linking Brazil to porn, prostitution and sex tourism has far surpassed the 2, that were already shut down by the tourism ministry in and According to Axur, Rio de Janeiro is the most commonly touted sex-tourism destination in the South American country of more than million people. One site states: "Our young women will not be only sex goddesses but also guides, interpreters, dance partners and really personal lovers. Axur says big events like the World Cup or the next year's Olympic Games in Rio encourage sexual tourism in the country. The tourism ministry disagrees, saying the international events actually "serve to strengthen the network of protection against sexual exploitation.
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Authorities have spent billions to ready the city, and each time tourists flocked in, local businesses braced for a bumper season. Nowhere is this clearer than in Centro, the downtown area of Rio, tucked in the shadow of the newly-constructed Olympic Boulevard. Once home to the historic red light district, Centro has since become the beating heart of big business, with towering office blocks bearing the names of major corporations such as Petrobras, BG, Total, Chevron, Electrobras, BNDES and Vale.
It's a Friday night in Fortaleza and the dusty roads around the new stadium are deserted, apart from the prostitutes who work the south side of the city in north-east Brazil. For the outreach workers on one of their routine drives around the area, the sight of an unknown young girl prompts a familiar dread. Dressed simply in denim shorts and a blue vest, this one looks only 13 or The NGO's van stops at a corner where the girl is waiting with a group of travestis — men or boys who claim a female gender identity. We have come to talk to Germana, a year-old travesti who is to be the subject of a Dutch TV film.