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RED LIGHT RIO is a threaded conversation with seventy women who support themselves and their families working in Rio de Janeiro’s sex industry, during a massive prostitution crackdown to sanitize the city’s image before the tourists arrive for World Cup 2014 and the 2016 Summer Olympics. The project is an attempt to challenge traditional media narratives about mega-events and sex tourism by giving the global public unprecedented access to hear from women directly impacted by the mega-events – in their own words.

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