Prostitutes in Rio de Janeiro are offering Olympic Game visitors supermarket style sex sales in a desperate bid to lure foreign visitors.
This is coming as part of a last-ditch effort to salvage something meaningful from the promise of Olympic glory, after Rio’s mayor had expressed fears on the failure of the Olympics and the state governor warned there could be a disaster.
With barely a month to go before the games, Sex workers in the city’s notorious Vila Mimosa zone say they have prepared a flyer in English inviting Olympic athletes to Rio de Janeiro’s red light district, offering cut price deals.
A flyer printed in English is being distributed in Rio – but it is not known how widely. Some of their flyers read 30 minutes of sex is 40 reals (£9) – down 48 per cent on the normal price of 75 reals (£17).
Others state that an hour’s sex will cost 60 reals (£13), down from 90 reals (£20), while a threesome is priced at 40 reals (£9) per girl for half an hour, and 80 reals (£18) for an hour.
Vila Mimosa is Rio’s oldest and largest prostitution zone, where over 3,000 women offer their services in more than 70 bars and nightclubs situated around a bustling marketplace.
But the women’s income has recently been hit by the grim economic climate in Brazil, which is suffering its deepest recession in a century and leaving millions out of pockets.
The sex workers say they are being proactive in order to make enough to pay their bills. Most of the women working in Vila Mimosa have agreed to cut the price of their services during the Olympics, if it means they ‘sell’.
They described the Vila Mimosa district as a ‘supermarket of sex’ and encouraged foreigners staying in Rio for the Olympics, expected to number half a million, to try it out.
A lot of people in Rio, whose businesses are failing, are hoping for a miracle from the Olympics, and so are the prostitutes.