Brazil Pledges Child Prostitution Crackdown

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Brazil's human rights minister says the government will clamp down on child prostitution before hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

Maria Nunes says she and other officials are working to end sexual tourism before hundreds of thousands of tourists arrive for the big events.

Nunes says police are working to identify places where children are being forced into prostitution, with at least 1,800 areas having been found so far.

The minister also said Thursday that the 12 cities that will host World Cup matches will be the first to have special law enforcement teams focusing on child prostitution.

She didn't say when those teams would be in place.

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