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The Prostitute, the City, and the Virus

29 Pages Posted: 27 May 2020 Publication Status: Accepted

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Thaddeus Gregory Blanchette

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) - Prostitution Policy Watch

Soraya Silveira Simões

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) - Prostitution Policy Watch

Ana Paula da Silva

UFF - Universidade Federal Fluminense

Laura Rebecca Murray

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) - Prostitution Policy Watch

Abstract

The present article has two goals. First, it seeks to establish, for non-specialized readers, the history of what we label “hygenization” in Brazilian urban and health policies and their intersections with the sale of sex and the prevention of pandemic disease. Secondly, we want inform readers as to how the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic are being met within the context of this history, particularly by Brazil’s organized sex workers. By necessity and location, in this time of quarantine, our focus is on the city of Rio de Janeiro, which has historically provided an example for what has been called “the Brazilian model of urbanization”. We begin our article with a brief overview of this model and then proceed to a historical look at two prior pandemics, how they were dealt with and, in particular, their intersections with sex work. We finish by analyzing what the COVID-19 pandemic may mean for sex workers in Brazil in light of the country’s ambiguous public health traditions.

Keywords: Brazil, Prostitution, Hygenization, Health Policies, rio de janeiro

Suggested Citation

Blanchette, Thaddeus Gregory and Simões, Soraya Silveira and Paula da Silva, Ana and Murray, Laura Rebecca, The Prostitute, the City, and the Virus. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3608567 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3608567

Thaddeus Gregory Blanchette (Contact Author)

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) - Prostitution Policy Watch ( email )

Brazil

Soraya Silveira Simões

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) - Prostitution Policy Watch ( email )

Brazil

Ana Paula da Silva

UFF - Universidade Federal Fluminense

Rua Miguel de Frias, 9
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Niteroi, WV Rio DeJaneiro 24220-900
Brazil

Laura Rebecca Murray

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) - Prostitution Policy Watch ( email )

Brazil

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