International sporting events such as the World Cup is supposed to be good for sex workers’ wallets. Tens of thousands of fans, most of whom are men with money to spare, travel from around the planet to a single country, and history suggests that there are certain ways they might spend some of that cash (and time) when games aren’t going on.
But, perhaps surprisingly, [not surprising to TRPWL readers] sex workers aren’t having an easy time of things at Brazil 2014.
World Cup fails to meet Brazilian sex workers’ expectations
“The city is crowded but didn’t help us that much. The Brazilians were more worried about drinking and eating in restaurants, while the ‘gringos’ are pigs who never want to spend money. They complain about our prices, about the hotel they have to pay … we’re not satisfied,” Bruna, who works in Fortaleza, said to UOL.
Another sex worker told the paper, “I worked for some Brazilians, but nothing close to what I imagined. We obviously raised our price, but that’s not the reason. I used to charge R$70 reais ($32 U.S. dollars), and I’m doing it for R$120 ($54 USD) now. They pay a lot more in beverages and tickets.”