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Report: Child Sex Trade on the Rise in Brazil as World Cup Approaches

According to some disturbing reports, the child sex trade is soaring in Brazil, and even more children may be exploited as the World Cup draws nearer. While the country prepares for an influx of foreign tourists for the soccer tournament, trafficking rings, prostitution operations and pimps have been tricking and recruiting young girls from local villages to meet the growing demand. Brazil’s government on the other hand—which is spending billions of dollars on stadiums and infrastructure for the tournament—is doing very little to stop it. Denise Cesario, the executive manager of Fundação Abrinq, an organization that has partnered with Save the Children International told The Guardian, “This subject isn’t really part of the government’s agenda and we don’t see a willingness to combine efforts or increase resources to address the sexual exploitation of children.” Organizations like Save the Children, UNICEF and Not For Sale are among the groups working to end child exploitation around the world …

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