The Voices of Latin America 2018 Appeal

Voices of Latin America will be published in October 2018. 45 Interviews from 11 countries have already been translated and work is underway on the chapter summaries and reference material. Alongside the book will be the Voices website, constantly updated with new interviews, video, photos, etc. WE URGENTLY NEED £5,000 TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT. Please click below donate:

Voices of Latin America 2018 Appeal


On June 21, Isabel, a prostitute was stopped in the streets of Niterói, a city of half a million people nine miles from Rio de Janeiro, and forced into a car. There she was beaten and threatened by unidentified men apparently belonging to the police.

This happened soon after the same woman had made a formal complaint about the way the police had raped women and stolen personal belongings in a raid on May 23 on a building in the city used, legally, by prostitutes.  

The raid began when 100 police, all men, arrived in 20 cars and invaded the building in which 300 women work. Though they apparently had no warrant, they rounded up the women they found in the building  and took them away in four buses. The women say that they were threatened and forced to hand over money; some of them were raped.

The women say they all work independently, without pimps. As such work is legal in Brazil, the police had no right to arrest them. Their case has been taken up by lawyers from the OAB (Brazilian Bar Association).

The woman who made the protest, is now in hiding but she has given a powerful interview (see below), now on YouTube and with English subtitles. 

 

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