Spotlight: Dark Side of the World Cup 2014
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With the World Cup kicking off this week, all eyes are focused on Brazil. The international media coverage of the event is not only on sport, though, but also on the dissatisfaction of Brazilians with the World Cup. Protests have occurred due to factors like the World Cup expenses and the potential impact on the Brazilian economy. Another concern which is being highlighted in the media is the sexual exploitation of children in Brazil. Last week, BBC Panorama aired the documentary In the Shadow of the Stadiums. Investigative reporter Chris Rogers was joined by Matt Roper, a journalist and charity worker. The BBC interviewed children involved in prostitution, members of the police, and government researchers. Roper’s charity, Meninadança, works to prevent the sexual exploitation of children along the BR-116, one of the longest highways in Brazil, and Roper has been raising awareness of the issue for years. The BBC report raises the issue which NGOs had warned could occur - that the influx of tourists supporting the World Cup would exacerbate the problem of the child sexual exploitation of boys and girls in Brazil. Recent reports suggest that the trafficking of children to World Cup cities is occurring, and NGOs are concerned about the consequences of the World Cup for vulnerable children.
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