Target: Marcio Lacerda, Mayor of Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Goal: End prostitution, and protect the women of Brazil for the upcoming World Cup
As preparation for Brazil hosting the 2014 World Cup, prostitutes are preparing by signing up for free English classes. These classes are organized by Brazil’s Association of Prostitutes, which has about 4000 members in the city of Belo Horizonte. This city will host 6 games during the World Cup, during which the association expects a booming business.
President of the association, Cida Vieira, explains this initiative by quite different lines of reasoning, depending on which newscast she is on. To Reuters, she says that knowledge in English “is important for the dignity of the work” and that it will help these women defend themselves. But to CNN, she calls it important as it will enable English-speaking girls to “let their clients know what they are charging and learn about what turns them on.” It is quite possible that the intentions of this initiative are two-fold, but it is worth pointing out that English classes will particularly focus on teaching students “a specialized vocabulary with sensual words and fetishes.”
Classes are expected to commence in March of 2013, and the association is seeking volunteer teachers. Depending on the number and qualifications of those volunteers, Vieira says, they are looking into offering classes in French, German, Spanish, and Italian as well, to also accommodate their expected non English-speaking clientele.
Prostitution is not illegal in Brazil, and according to Vieira, it is simply a profession. Businesses across the country are preparing for the soccer tournament, and it only makes good business sense to follow suit. If you find this development terribly frightening, sign this petition. Let’s tell the Mayor of Belo Horizonte, Mr. Marcio Lacerda that prostitution is not a business like any other because it actively degrades and exploits women. Further, Mr. Lacerda should be made to know that more and more civilized people are recognizing the degradation that prostitution entails, and that it generates far more negative publicity for Brazil than the relatively small revenues at stakee. It makes no sense at all – in terms of business or ethics. Active steps need to be taken immediately as the World Cup is rapidly approaching.
Dear Mayor Lacerda,
As the 2014 World Cup approaches, your city of Belo Horizonte is taking active steps to prepare for hosting six of the games. One of these preparations is being made by the Association of Prostitutes – which has about 4000 members in Belo Horizonte – by providing free English classes to prostitutes.
The president of the association, Cida Vieira, has explained to CNN that this initiative will enable English-speaking girls to “let their clients know what they are charging and learn about what turns them on,” and that English classes will particularly focus on teaching students “a specialized vocabulary with sensual words and fetishes.”
English classes are expected to commence in March of 2013, and the association might also extend the offer and provide classes in French, German, Spanish, and Italian to accommodate for an expected boom in business during the World Cup.
Vieira says that businesses across the country are preparing for the soccer tournament, and it only makes good business sense for prostitution to follow suit. While it may make good business sense for Vieira, it certainly does not for Belo Horizonte or for Brazil. More and more civilized people are recognizing that prostitution degrades and exploits women, which is why it will generate far more negative publicity for Brazil than the relatively small revenues at stake, meaning that it makes no sense at all – in terms of business or ethics. I urge you to consider this not to be just another business, and to take active and immediate steps towards ending prostitution in your city as the World Cup is rapidly approaching.
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