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World Cup 2014: Prostitutes In Brazil To Learn English Before Big Event

01/08/2013 11:25 EST | Updated 03/10/2013 05:12 EDT
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 11: Female prostitutes walk the streets of the red light district, Vila Mimosa, following a fashion show with clothes designed by sex workers on December 11, 2009 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The fashion show, which is a government sponsored project to give female prostitutes other career choices, displayed dozens of new designs on both models and three fellow prostitutes. The Association of the Residents and Friends of Vila Mimosa teaches the women skills in sewing and design. Out of the 105 woman to enroll in the fashion design program 65 have now found jobs in other professions besides working in the sex industry. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO - Prostitutes in one of Brazil's biggest cities are beginning to sign up for free English classes ahead of this year's Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup.

Cida Vieira, president of the Association of Prostitutes in the city of Belo Horizonte, said Tuesday that 20 have already signed up for the courses and she expects at least 300 of the group's 4,000 members to follow suit. The association is organizing the classes and seeking volunteer teachers.

"I don't think we will have problems persuading English teachers to provide services for free," she said. "We already have several volunteer psychologists and doctors helping us."

She said classes are expected to begin in March and last up to eight months.

"It will be important for the girls who will be able to use English to let their clients know what they are charging and learn about what turns them on," Vieira said by telephone.

"And for the same reasons we are also thinking of offering free French and Italian classes," she added.

Prostitution is legal in Brazil.

Belo Horizonte's 62,000-seat Mineirao Stadium will host three matches of the Confederations Cup and six games of the World Cup.