Brazil is ready for the big time. The country will host both the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, and it’s ready to assume its role as one of the world’s largest and most influential economies, proving to everyone that there’s more to Rio de Janeiro than samba dancing, acai berries and drug dealers. Oh, and prostitutes.
They’re having a bit of trouble with that last point, though. In anticipation of the big events, the Brazilian government is running “a ‘hygienization’ campaign” that consists of doing its damndest to shut down the city’s most notorious brothels.
A couple of problems: prostitution is legal in Brazil (though the act of “running a bordello” isn’t) and the tabloid media can’t seem to get over its fascination with celebrities visiting Rio for…well, you know.