The houses might be illegal, but aren’t unusual in Brazil.
Most of them are full of corruption and sexual exploitation.
In the exercise of some of their activities they can be exposed to vehicles gases, to bad weather, to sound pollution and to social discrimination.
Their leader, ex-prostitute and sociologist Gabriela da Silva Leite, said that she had classes with sociologist Fernando Henrique Cardoso at University of São Paulo, who later became Brazil's president.
The government's website on sex workers Brazil’s Labor and Employment Ministry Primer on Sex Professional, which describes sex work as labor, has been the source of controversy, with some accusing the government of encouraging professional sex work.
Brazil is considered to have the worst levels of child sex trafficking after Thailand, with an estimated 250,000 children involved.
The illegality of these types of houses is almost a contradiction, considering that most of the sex workers can’t afford to work in an autonomous way.
Other complementary courses of professional formation, such as, beauty courses, personal care, budget planning, as well as vocational courses for alternative sources of income also are offered by the associations, in several states.
Access to the career is open to those who are 18 or older; the average education is between fourth and seventh grade.Fernando Gabeira, founder of the Green Party, has been a strong voice for sex workers' rights in Brazil and introduced legislation in Congress to recognize sex workers as a profession. Brazilian sex workers have campaigned for the repeal of laws criminalizing the maintenance of whorehouses and pimping.Those offenses carry sentences from two to five years in prison.Having this in mind and an eye on the 2016 Olympic Games that will be hosted by Brazil, the federal deputy Jean Wyllys presented, in 2013, the Gabriela Leite project of law.A project that aims to regulate the sex worker profession and rights.In 2003, it was estimated that about 6% of Brazilian sex workers were infected with HIV. government required all recipients to sign an anti-prostitution pledge.