In the red-light district of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, an estimated 2,000 women work in the sex industry.
Vila Mimosa, an area in Rio, is estimated to generate up to $430,000 a month through prostitution. Most of the customers are local men. Women who work as prostitutes in the area reportedly charge $20 for sexual services. Some of the women also hold part time jobs as maids and cashiers in addition to their sex work in order to survive.
In total, researchers have identified 279 active prostitution points across Rio, including areas such as the world famous Centaurus club.
Source: Lauren Wilks, “Sex and survival in Rio de Janeiro’s red-light district,” Thomson Reuters Foundation, November 26, 2013.