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Traveler Type. Trip Activities. Travel Style. For all cariocas Rio residentsan evening out is serious business. For many, in fact, it's more serious than the working day. To be in step with Rio time, a night out begins with dinner at 9pm or later.
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A prostitute with a potential client in Vila Mimosa, Rio's red light district. Outside, an autumn chill descended on Vila Mimosa's main street — Rua Sotero dos Reis — and rain hammered down onto a promising "streeptease". They can kick us out but this will never die," said Monique.
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They won't hurt your marriage — they'll help it,". Almeida, the community leader, said displacing Vila Mimosa's prostitutes, threatened making life more dangerous for the area's thousands of workers. Sex workers in the area fear they may be forced out as the city revamps for Wortld Cup and Olympics.
For those who run the local clubs — sweaty bars with names such as "Queen 46" and 'Men's 44' — it is a lucrative business. Because the women here don't hurt anyone.
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Inside, hundreds of drunken men packed this sprawling warren of brothels and bars for another evening of shouted conversations and fleeting encounters with the 3, or so local prostitutes. This article is more than 10 years old. Night fell on the sewage-clogged streets of Vila Mimosa, Rio's largest open-air red-light district, and the area's jukeboxes erupted into a cacophony of Abba, Lady Gaga and pounding Brazilian funk music.
With the World Cup on the way, Brazilian authorities are concerned about a boom in child prostitution, particularly in host cities in the sun-kissed but often poor north-east such as Recife and Fortaleza. Reuse this content.
She pointed out onto Rua Sotero dos Reis, where more than 70 brothels cram into squalid alleyways, buzzing with gyrating bodies. While most are celebrating the city's regeneration, Vila Mimosa's prostitutes and their employers are growing increasingly nervous that the city's makeover may see them driven out by mooted plans to bulldoze the area and replace it with a platform for a high-speed rail-link between Rio and Brazil's economic capital Sao Paulo.
It stinks and the access [for cars] is bad.
Prostitution is not a crime in Brazil and for tens of thousands impoverished women — from the wealthy south-eastern metropolises to the isolated frontier towns of the Amazon — it represents a viable if often dangerous means of survival. Not all of the women in Vila Mimosa oppose the move.
A recent UN report suggested there could be close to 20, South American prostitutes working in Europe, some of them victims of human trafficking. But the rowdy hour parties that have made this labyrinth of excess notorious across Brazil may soon fall silent, as Rio de Janeiro prepares for a multi-billion dollar facelift in the run up to the World Cup and Olympics.
Life in Vila Mimosa, said to be controlled by a mixture of criminal gangs and off-duty police officers who charge a protection tax from workers, brings at least a touch of security. Sex workers fear spending on Olympics and World Cup might drive them out of Rio's largest open-air red light zone.
The proliferation of more convenient "saunas" in Rio's downtown business centre had hit the area hard, she claimed. We just know that they have us in their sights," she said.
The women who work in a confined area of prostitution like this are here because they don't want to work on the kerb, where they might be seen, or beaten if the client doesn't want to pay up," she said. Uncertainty surrounds the precise nature of plans for the area surrounding Vila Mimosa.
The residents' association claims the red-light district, which is open around the clock, receives around 4, "guests" each day. They won't hurt your marriage — they'll help it," "Men will go anywhere [for sex]," said the year-old prostitute, who works under the name Julia and dreams of leaving the Vila to open a fish shop on the beach.
Almeida said she believed the government intended to destroy part of the area to make way for the so-called "bullet-train" between Rio and Sao Paulo, while other projects involved "a ring road, a shopping centre [and] parking facilities. Known to its overwhelmingly male clientele as 'VM', Vila Mimosa is a place where money talks.