Photo: Brazil's "Im Happy to be a Prostitute" Ads Causing Controversy
Brazil has reportedly stopped running an online campaign promoting their “happy” prostitutes.
Legal in the Latin American country, prostitution is relatively common. However, recent online ads promoting the happiness of Brazil’s prostitutes caused quite a stir, and the country’s health ministry has scrapped the ads.
In one ad, a woman is quoting (in Portuguese) as saying, “I am happy being a prostitute.’ Another poster has a different woman leaning forward and quoted as saying, “I cannot be seen without a condom, my love.”
Earlier this week, Health MInister Alexandre Padilha announced the ads were being taken down, as they were not properly representing the ministry’s message of health and safety for Brazil sex workers.
“The role of the ministry is to have specific content to encourage prevention among sex workers, who are a very vulnerable group.”
With the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics just around the corner, prostitutes are said to be improving more than just their bedroom skills. Many are being offered free English and Spanish classes.