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    Police as pimps

    Rio anthropologist Thaddeus Blanchette breaks down one of the unspoken facts of prostitution in Rio: the police work as pimps, and the militia provides “security.” In this video ...

    On November 20, 2014 / By
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    The Orgy that Wasn’t

    Anthropologist Thaddeus Blanchette at the Federal University Rio de Janeiro of Macaé presents the Observatory of Prostitution’s preliminary findings of research on the World Cup effect on Rio de Janeiro’s sex industry ...

    On November 11, 2014 / By
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    Charter of Principles of the Brazilian Network of Prostitutes

    (feature image: Censored by the Ministry of Health: “My biggest wish is for society to see us as citizens.”)   The Network considers prostitution a profession, provided it ...

    On September 13, 2014 / By
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    On sex workers and the respect we all deserve

    This story by Gabriella Feola was published in Papo de Homem on June 21, 2014 (link) and has been translated into English and published on redlightr.io with permission. Gabriella ...

    On September 9, 2014 / By
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    World Cup was bad business for the vast majority of sex workers in Rio

    Observatory of Prostitution – World Cup Preliminary Report The Observatory of Prostitution is pleased to announce the publication of our preliminary report of findings on the World Cup’s ...

    On September 5, 2014 / By
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    I want to know about your safety.

    Three weeks into World Cup, on the day of the Argentina vs Belgium quarterfinal, I met Ani, Aline’s colleague in Vila Mimosa for the last ten years. Ani ...

    On August 7, 2014 / By
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    Brazil’s Most Wanted Prostitute

    Isabel was one of four hundred prostitutes working in Niteroi’s Caixa Economica building across the bay from Rio de Janeiro until May 23, when a massive operation involving ...

    On July 24, 2014 / By
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    Observatory of Prostitution report on World Cup sex tourism in Rio

    I am honored to be working as a research collaboration with Rio’s Observatory of Prostitution, an extension project of the Metropolitan Ethnographic Lab – LeMetro/IFCS-UFRJ at the Federal ...

    On June 30, 2014 / By
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    100 sex workers illegally arrested, robbed and raped near Rio

    Niterói, May 23, 2014 Published in the Observatório da Prostituição (link) I am a research collaborator with the  Observatório da Prostituição (Observatory on Prostitution), an extension project of the Metropolitan ...

    On May 25, 2014 / By
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    Rest in peace Natalha

    I have never met a woman who has been through such hell and emerged with such resilience. Natalha worked for thirteen years in Vila and knew Aline from ...

    On May 18, 2014 / By
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    Prostitutes protest in Rio’s sister city

    In preparation for this summer’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, Rio has been undergoing the biggest prostitution crackdown in a generation, closing venues, arresting prostitutes, even seizing ...

    On April 21, 2014 / By
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    Eviction Rumors

    “Have you heard the rumors we have to move?” Aline asks her colleagues the question that scares her the most – Have they heard the rumors the red ...

    On March 26, 2014 / By
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    Trafficked in Portugal

    Patricia, a sex worker in Rio’s red light district, has traveled abroad multiple times over the last 16 years to work in in Spain’s sex industry. On her ...

    On March 10, 2014 / By
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    The Myth of Maria

    What is the profile of a Brazilian sex trafficking victim? Brazilian anthropologists Ana Paula da Silva, Thaddeus Blanchette and Andressa Raylane Bento explain how the common face of Brazilian sex trafficking ...

    On March 10, 2014 / By
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    Brazilian Sex Trafficking

    Is sex trafficking a problem in Brazil? Do Brazilian women get trafficked abroad? Brazilian anthropologists Ana Paula da Silva, Thaddeus Blanchette and Andressa Raylane Bento unpack how a ...

    On March 10, 2014 / By
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    My First Time

    22 women in Rio’s working class red light district talk about the first time they did sex work, what it was like, and why they’re still doing it. ...

    On February 27, 2014 / By
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    Milena

    Milena is one of the first women I met in Vila Mimosa in January of 2012. She was working as a manager at the house Aline works as ...

    On February 22, 2014 / By
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    Breadwinners

    22 women in Rio’s red light district talk about why they work in the sex industry. All of them support their families with their income.   ...

    On February 17, 2014 / By
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    World Cup Sex Panic

    Anthropologist Thaddeus Blanchette and historian Cristiana Schettini provide a history of  Rio sex in their 2013 paper, Sex Work in Rio de Janeiro: “More than tolerated – effectively managed”. Published to RED LIGHT ...

    On January 26, 2014 / By
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    Prostitution Today in Rio

    Anthropologist Thaddeus Blanchette and historian Cristiana Schettini provide a history of  Rio sex in their 2013 paper, Sex Work in Rio de Janeiro: “More than tolerated – effectively managed”. Published to RED LIGHT ...

    On January 26, 2014 / By
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    Police as Madams

    Anthropologist Thaddeus Blanchette and historian Cristiana Schettini provide a history of  Rio sex in their 2013 paper, Sex Work in Rio de Janeiro: “More than tolerated – effectively managed”. Published to RED LIGHT ...

    On January 26, 2014 / By
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    Prostitution Markets and Sanitation Campaigns

    Anthropologists Thaddeus Blanchette and Cristiana Schettini provide a history of  Rio sex in their 2013 paper, Sex Work in Rio de Janeiro: “More than tolerated – effectively managed”. Published to RED ...

    On January 26, 2014 / By
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    Prostitution in Rio: “Not Illegal”

     Anthropologist Thaddeus Blanchette and historian Cristiana Schettini provide a history of  Rio sex in their 2013 paper, Sex Work in Rio de Janeiro: “More than tolerated – effectively managed”. Published to ...

    On January 25, 2014 / By
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    A History of Rio Sex

     Anthropologist Thaddeus Blanchette and historian Cristiana Schettini provide a history of  Rio sex in their 2013 paper, Sex Work in Rio de Janeiro: “More than tolerated – effectively managed”.   The ...

    On January 25, 2014 / By
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    Gabriela

    Gabriela talks with Julie and Aline about social misery, her exit plans and the internal conflict of managing two identities. Filmed at Aline’s house. ...

    On January 25, 2014 / By
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    Vila Mimosa: An Eviction Timeline

    Rio has a history of warring with its prostitutes when tourists come to town that stretches back 100 years. When King Albert of Belgium came to town in ...

    On January 23, 2014 / By
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    Rio’s Prostitution Crackdown

    AS RIO DE JANEIRO PREPARES FOR ITS TURN ON THE GLOBAL STAGE– as the host of the World Cup in 2014, then the 2016 Summer Olympics – the ...

    On December 30, 2013 / By