Prostitution in Brazil is legal, in terms of exchanging sex for money, as there are no laws forbidding adults from being professional sex workers,  but it is illegal to operate a brothel or to employ sex workers in any other way. Exploitation of child and teenagers through prostitution in Brazil is widespread and a serious problem. Brazil is considered to have the worst levels of child sex trafficking after Thailand , with an estimated , children involved. NGOs and officials report some police officers ignore the exploitation of children in sex trafficking, patronize brothels, and rob and assault women in prostitution, impeding identification of sex trafficking victims. The government of Brazil was working stringently to clamp down on child prostitution.
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Alejandra left and another underage girl in Candido Sales working as prostitutes. The year-old, whose drug-addicted mother died on the infamous BR highway, is a working prostitute from the town where underage girls are raffled off to middle-aged men. Alejandra, 14, and another underage prostitute work the highway in the tiny, squalid town of Candido Sales. Sex trafficking gangs target the town and poor families are vulnerable to offers of money for their little girls. When anti-child prostitution organisation Meninadanca set up in Candido Sales two years ago, even they were surprised to find the extent of abuse of girls still of primary school age. Town council psychologist Gleyce Farias told Meninadanca, which runs the Pink House charity, that regular raffles offered the winning ticket holder a young girl as first prize.
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BOGOTA Thomson Reuters Foundation - Child marriage is widely accepted in Brazil, where girls seek older husbands to escape from sexual and other violence in the home, or because of teenage pregnancies or the lack of job opportunities, according to new research. Brazil is ranked fourth in the world in the number of girls married to or living with a partner by the age of 15, with , women aged 20 to 24 reporting they were married by 15, according to a Brazilian government census in Legally, Brazilians can marry at 16 if both parents consent, or earlier in certain circumstances such as pregnancy. The researchers examined child marriage in the two states with the highest prevalence of the practice in the country - the northern state of Para, and Maranhao in the northeast. In Brazil it is fueled by sexual and other violence at home, often at the hands of relatives and stepfathers, which drives girls to seek refuge with older men outside the family, Taylor said.
Sanchez ZM wrote the first draft of the manuscript and performed the statistical analyses. Cruz JI performed the literature search and wrote the first draft of the discussion. Nappo SA critically revised the manuscript for important intellectual content. Carlini EA and Carlini CM substantially contributed to the conception, design, and acquisition of the student survey data.