Brazilian prostitutes set to learn foreign languages ahead World Cup
In preparation for the massive influx of tourists arriving for next year’s World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, prostitutes in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte are set to take free courses to learn English and other foreign languages.
Cida Vieira, president of the Association of Prostitutes in the city, told the Associated Press that so far, 20 prostitutes in the city have signed up for the courses, with another 300 planning to join them in the classroom.
The association, a kind of “union” for sex workers claiming 4,000 members, is organizing the classes itself and trying to recruit teacher volunteers.
“I don’t think we will have problems persuading English teachers to provide services for free,” she said. “We already have several volunteer psychologists and doctors helping us.”
The city’s Mineirao Stadium, which has capacity of 62,000 fans, will be the host of six matches in the World Cup.
AP reported that the classes will commence in March and last up to eight months.
“It will be important for the girls who will be able to use English to let their clients know what they are charging and learn about what turns them on,” Vieira said.
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