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Is the World Cup fueling underage prostitution in Brazil?

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Cida Vieira, president of the Association of Prostitutes of Minas Gerais, looks for clients along a street in Belo Horizonte, November 5, 2013. Some sex workers took English classes once a week in preparation for Brazil hosting the World Cup.

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Pilar Olivares/Reuters

Thousands of soccer fans have descended on Brazil, looking to have a good time and cheer on their favorite teams. And for some, that means taking advantage of Brazil's liberal reputation for sex.

Prostitution is legal in Brazil for those over 18. But because of poverty, underage prostitution is common. In the World Cup town of Recife, some child prostitutes are charging as little as $2. The BBC reports how international soccer players are taking part in a campaign to warn World Cup fans not to exploit children. But experts say sporting events, no matter where they are, bring increased demand for prostitution. 

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