Ghanaian sex workers are angry with the country’s Sports Ministry for sidelining them ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Leader of the Ghanaian prostitutes, Maame Esi, feels they have been left in the dark as the country prepares to fly out 500 fans to the global showpiece in Brazil this week.
“I don’t understand why they will not include us among the fans who will travel to Brazil,” Esi told Accra-based Happy FM.
“We are also Ghanaians and have a lot to offer to the players and the fans as well.
“We’ll be there to entertain the players and the fans. We shall reduce the price so everybody will be happy. The cost of buying Brazilian hair is expensive but I promise that we’ll make everybody happy when we get the chance to be in Brazil.”
With barely 24 hours before the World Cup kicks off, Brazil’s one million sex workers are preparing to cash in on the event.
From taking English lessons to setting up credit card facilities, the host country’s licensed brothels and street workers are making sure they take advantage of the big event.
More than 3.7 million soccer fans are this month expected to flood Brazil, where prostitution is legal.
In downtown Belo Horizonte are 23 brothels, known as zonas, hidden up narrow staircases and between grim-looking shops.
A number of the zonas’s sex workers are getting English classes from a volunteer to cash in on the six matches the city’s Mineirão stadium will host.