Recife, Brazil: where street children sell sex to survive | Channel 4 News

Recife, Brazil: where street children sell sex to survive | Channel 4 News


In a few days time, these streets will be
full of football fans. Recife will host major football Nations Germany and Italy. England will come here if they win their
group. The fans will enjoy a carnival atmosphere. If they look hard enough, they
will also witness widespread prostitution, incredible poverty and
children driven to extreme measures to survive. This is a typical scene. Fourteen-year-old boy whose identity we
must protect coughs and struggles to stay upright before inhaling more fumes
of glue. And almost everywhere I look, children are holding bottles just like
him. Known as Cola, this is the drug of choice the streets of Recife because it’s cheap and
effective. Brazil is spending six and a half
billion pounds hosting the World Cup. Yet it’s estimated up to eight million
children are living on the streets in abject poverty. I was taken around Recife by the Happy Child Charity. They tell me child sexual exploitation is the main danger here. 41 year-old Yara has lived on the streets
since she was seven. How young is the youngest child you’ve seen here who has been
picked up for sex? I go to talk to a group of children. Ronga reveals she’s been selling
herself for sex since the age of 11. Have you ever had to have sex with somebody for money? You have? How many times? A lot of times. And how much money, how much did it charge? Five Reais is about £1.50. After seeing the impact of drugs on so many children, I wanted to find out more. The charity takes us into a favela to find a local drug dealer. We navigate a rabbit warren
of tunnels and side streets. Around 45 million Brazilians live like this. To my astonishment, the dealer is a mother of three. She sells crack cocaine for around three pounds a rock. She says she sells to everyone. The drugs that you’re selling, are some of them being sold to teenagers and children? Are you aware of how dangerous crack cocaine is? Amidst the grinding poverty here, it’s
not hard to see why drug dealing is so right. I’m told dealers can earn in a
week what most families here get in a month. Only a tiny number managed to
escape. Erica is 14 years old and pregnant. She
is now in a home run by the charity. Just after birth, her mother gave her to a
prostitute. At the age of 10 she was told it was payback time. After witnessing a murder on the streets, Erica didn’t feel safe and wanted to escape. She hitched a lift with a lorry driver but he demanded sex. How old was he? And how old were you? Back on the streets, there is a real fear that the World Cup will just bring more abuse. The competition is supposed to create real opportunities. But will it do anything to help the street children in Recife and millions of others like them.

100 thoughts on “Recife, Brazil: where street children sell sex to survive | Channel 4 News

  1. There was a mistake made by the translator. The girl said she charged 50 reais not 5. That was not the fault of the channel 4 team but of the local translator who was brazilian but misunderstood the girl.

  2. I will make the familys and people better no more living like this our kids needs us GOD help us all please i want to make a change but it the people who dont believe in theyself we can do it the communities are full which drugs crime and more we must open our eyes around the world needs help this some they aint talkin about on CNN OR BREAKING NEWS OR TRUMP AT THE WHITEHOUSE im so sick of these 666 devils we are norhing if we dont come together as a whole nation S/O TO THE PEOPLE FROM 🇮🇱 🇨🇺 2035 WE WILL RESTORE ALL WHATS LOST BUT 1ST WE HAVE TO GET THESE CROOKED MFS OUT SAMMIESOS55 INSTAGRAM IM FROM THE STRUGGLE I HAVE SEEN ALOT IN MY LIFE GOD HAS BLESS ME TO DO THIS THING WHERE I CAN 👀 THRU THE GOOD N BAD IN PEOPLE I WANT EVERYONE TO BE EQUAL ALL RACE AND THE 🌎 WOULD BE BETTER NO GUNS NO POLICE NO GOVERNMENT PEOPLE WANNA BE FREE SO BAD TAKEIN WRONG AGENDAS TO HEART AND THATS WHY NOBODY CARES UNLESS ITS A LOVE ONE OR SOMEONE THEY KNS DIEDS AT THE END GOD IS ALWAYS PURE IM THANK FOR TO SAY I HAVE LEARN ALOT FROM ASKING GOD TO MAKE ME WHOLE AGAIN AND THIS IS THE BIGGEST THING I EVER RECEIVED FROM FATHER MY LORD .MY GOD STAY BLESS AND REMEMBER 2035 SAMMIE LYONS SAMMIESOS55 INSTAGRAM TWITTER GOT SHUT DOWN CAUSE I WAS GOING NECK TO NECK WITH TRUMP WE ARE THE BOTTOM FEEDERS NOW ITS TIME WE BECOME GOD LEADERS THANKS TO ALL THIS MADNESS IN THE WORLD PEACE WILL COME

  3. I’m being honest I saw these disgusting videos but I just feel sad for those who have to do this

  4. The world we live in is full of bullshit people i can’t believe what goes on all around the world, prayers and actions what we need

  5. This is just sad. A girl at 10 was raped by two men for two hours straight and ran away but had no where to go but sleep under bridges and witness a murder. This is sickening and sad to see. Brazil focus more on the children and the homeless bedsides the Olympics and etc.

  6. What did you guys expected this the reality we live in a world full of hatred and blasfemd and biolence like the Rich and the poor people looking for the power the other ones for the happiness no matter where it comes from they everywhere except from almighty God that is their problem point

  7. Where are these men ? ~Runs to kitchen to drink water and grab meat beater and knife~ Its not her payback time anymore……. NOW ITS OURS LETS GOOOOOO

  8. This happens all around the world, AMERICA TOO. The MENTAL ILLNESS OF RACISM. THE FEAR OF OTHERS BY THOSE IN POWER. RACISM CREATED THIS. THE GODLESS HATE OF PEOPLE WHO DON'T LOOK LIKE YOU. The sickness that comes from the mouths of the RACTIST is why AMERICA is the way it is. FROM ONE BLOOD GOD MADE EVERY NATION OF MAN. I PRAY THAT GOD WILL TOUCH THE HEART OF THOSE WHO HATE OTHERS BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN. JESUS SAVE US FROM OURSELVES.

  9. The rich feed off the poor. Just like what they say in game of thrones. People actually believe they care about anyone no they don’t they are rich.

  10. Poor all this children
    Now i realise my life is much better than all this children. Before watching this video i always think my life is full of sadness. I am poor
    Iam not beautiful i dont have friends. I suffered a lot. Now i knew this children suffered more than myself. O god please help all this children.

  11. Awe. I just watch isis bride sharouff and her severed head holding grandchild. Begging to get out af a huge tent. Well fed. And this is a real hardh reality. Poor kids risking their life just to eat

  12. They spend billions on the world cup instead of using that money to help get them out of poverty 🙁

  13. This is horrible, 8 million kids are homeless, yet Brazil is spending 8.1 billion US dollars on the World Cup, with that money each one of those homeless kids can have $1,040.

  14. The US continues to borrow money and give to citizens to create the illusion that everything is OK. Eventually the government will no longer be able to make interest payments and borrow money and this will be our future

  15. A nossa mídia deveria aprender com a mídia internacional, nesse tipo de ataque não se divulga absolutamente nada sobre os psicopatas. Não sejamos irresponsáveis. Esse tipo de exposição só serve para incentivar novos malucos a cometerem crimes semelhantes. Nem o rosto desses imbecis deveria ser mostrado.

  16. The living conditions of those citizens reflect the government’s lack of effort, fucked up world man shits like makes me hate governments

  17. after watching this video , i looked around my home understanding that we are living a good life and we worry about stuff that are considered NOTHING compared to these people … i feel so pathetic about my self after what i saw .. In goals look above you, and in despair look below you

  18. The lord just needs to flood this place again. When the kids are suffering and in pain we’ve all lost. 😔

  19. WTF, dude; you realize this is just gonna entice vast numbers of pervs to head straight fo Recife; right? You a pimp? Get a cut of the action?

  20. Now every time I watch the World Cup, I will think twice knowing that all these unfortunate children’s lives are being stripped away from their own rights as human beings.

  21. Brazil spent all this money on world cup and olympics but virtually nothing on fighting poverty, inequality and poor housing. I don't know how the rich and powerful in Brasil can sleep at night.

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