Prostitution as a profession has been legal in Brazil since , 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 pandemic , the lives of countless sex workers have become even more difficult.
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Fusco University of Toronto , and T. Blanchette Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Sex work is a controversial form of income. It is a subject much discussed by experts in feminism, religion, law and politics. And its popular portrayal is often left to people far removed from the realities of sexual commerce. Those who wrongly conflate sex work with human trafficking and exploitation would like to see it abolished.
In Brazil, a LGBTQ Sex Worker’s Struggle to Survive
S ocial distancing is keeping people off the streets of central Rio de Janeiro. And that has created serious challenges for its trans sex workers, who have seen their clientele, and their income, melt away. Fear and prejudice in Brazil drive many trans people into the sex trade but life on the street for a trans sex worker is never easy. Even if I was trans and had something, the same discrimination would be there.
Now, she stands next to a bright blue church with white trimmings, built in the popular Baroque style, with a large Alcoholics Anonymous sign hanging outside. Fernanda and I met almost eighteen months ago, when she helped me figure out the bus schedule for my way home. I later moved, coincidentally to a place close to where she works. From that point on, our friendship grew from simple waves to conversations about our lives, the dreams we had, and the things we had done to achieve them.