Brazil gov't tones down official site for sex workers
rahul | October 29, 2008 at 07:42 amby
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2008-10-29 00:15:02 - RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) - A government Web site for Brazil's prostitutes that suggests they be prepared to perform fantasies and «offer specialties,» among other tips, is going to be toned down, an official said Tuesday Prostitution is legal in Brazil and sex worker advocacy groups say the Labor Ministry Web site aims to promote the human rights of prostitutes. But critics say the site goes too far, and its contents have become fodder for Brazilian newspapers. The site contains such tips as: «demonstrate an ability to perform erotic fantasies,» «seduce with affectionate nicknames» and, in a nod to the globalized marketplace, «demonstrate a capacity to communicate in a foreign language. «The information was created with the help of NGOs and the prostitutes themselves,» said a labor ministry spokeswoman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she wasn't authorized to discuss the topic. The spokeswoman said, however, that the language and some of the explicit tips on the site would be moderated. She said the changes would be made by the end of the year. The site, which began in 2002, also gives prostitutes advice on how to negotiate condom use with customers and encourages them to denounce violence. It gives information on HIV. Opponents had said the site should be changed so it doesn't appear to encourage prostitution. «What is on the site gives the impression of an apology for sexual exploitation,» law professor Luiz Flavio Gomes told the O Globo newspaper in its online edition.
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