In 2014, millions of soccer fans will descend on Brazil for the World Cup. Obliviously, it is a huge economic opportunity for Brazil’s bars, restaurants, and other businesses.
However, it is easy to overlook the financial prospects for certain businesspersons- prostitutes- and they are looking to maximize profits.
In the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte, prostitutes have been given free English classes offered by the Regional Association of Prostitution. Three-hundred of the group’s 4,000 members have already signed up.
“It will be important for the girls who will be able to use English to let their clients know what they are charging and learn about what turns them on and for the same reasons we are also thinking of offering free French and Italian classes,” Cida Vieira, president of the Association of Prostitutes in the city of Belo Horizonte explained.
The association is in talks with teachers and English speakers to offer their services for free. They have similar contracts already with health care workers and doctors.
In Brazil, employing prostitutes or running a prostitution house is an illegal offense; however there are no Brazilian laws convicting persons who wish to practice it. Though not officially a crime, the occupation is looked down upon as wicked in the country, due to the country’s strong Catholic tradition.