Coronavirus

Desperate times for sex workers in Brazil as Covid-19 paralyzes business

Social isolation has made it exceedingly difficult for sex workers around Brazil to earn a living, with those working on the street facing extreme poverty

Desperate times for sex workers in Brazil as Covid-19 paralyzes business
Photo: Léo Pinheiro/FP

Prostitution as a profession has been legal in Brazil since 2012, but it continues to be severely demonized and sex workers are regularly victims of prejudice, abuse, and violence. Moreover, despite being a recognized profession, sex work is not regulated; there are no rules on hours, vacations, career progression, retirement, or anything of the sort. What there is, at the very least, is a limbo in which thousands or perhaps millions of women find themselves, as a means to support themselves and their families.

However, with the Covid-19 pandemic, the lives of countless sex workers have become even...

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