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Carnaval and the rise of sexual trafficking

Carnaval is a world-famous festival that takes place in Brazil every year, attracting millions of tourists from all over the world. However, behind the bright lights and vibrant music lies a grim reality of sexual exploitation and trafficking, especially of women and children. In this article, we will examine the correlation between Carnaval and sexual exploitation in Brazil.



Statistics show that the number of cases of sexual exploitation and trafficking increases during Carnaval. The high demand for sex during this period leads to an increase in the number of victims who are deceived and forced into prostitution. According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), in 2019, the number of cases of sexual exploitation reported during Carnaval increased by 13% compared to the previous year.


The main cause of sexual exploitation during Carnival is the high demand for sexual services during the party. This demand is fueled by the large number of tourists who come to Brazil to participate in the festivities. Many of these tourists are willing to pay high prices for sexual services, which creates a lucrative market for traffickers and exploiters. Furthermore, the lack of law enforcement and regulation in certain areas during Carnaval creates a safe haven for those involved in such illegal activities.


To combat this problem, it is essential to raise awareness about the dangers of sexual exploitation and trafficking during Carnaval. This can be done through public campaigns, educational programs as well as increasing the number of police on the streets during the festival and as disciples of Jesus, we can engage in constant prayer on behalf of the ones who are trapped in this kind of slavery. In addition, it is crucial to provide support and resources for victims of sexual exploitation, including access to healthcare, shelter, and assistance.


In conclusion, Carnaval is a time of celebration and joy for many, but it also brings with it a dark reality of sexual exploitation and trafficking. It is our duty as a society to raise awareness of this problem and work towards a solution. As we take action, we can help protect the vulnerable and bring transformation to the many lives that are the real victims to of modern slavery.

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