Brazilian prostitutes and a Christian evangelical group played a football match Saturday in World Cup host city Belo Horizonte, taking over a central street to raise awareness about sex workers’ rights. Gathering just after Colombia played Greece in the southeastern city, the women set up an impromptu pitch using traffic cones for goalposts and played to the enthusiastic cheers of onlookers. The prostitutes, calling themselves the Naked Football Club — though in fact they played in the green and yellow uniforms of Brazil — teamed up with the visiting evangelicals from the United States to take on a local university team in a match with a message. The match was organized by the Prostitutes’ Association of Minas Gerais, the state where Belo Horizonte is located. The association has also helped some of the city’s 80,000 sex workers prepare for the World Cup by offering free English classes at a local mall.
Brazilian sex workers learn English for World Cup.