Fortaleza is known for its sex tourism and child prostitution. The World Cup will bring a lot of foreign tourists to the city. Prostitutes in Fortaleza know this and expect a booming demand during the World Cup. For all that, do they see the World Cup in a positive way?
For several months now, the city of Fortaleza has been a major construction site. While officially aiming to improve the infrastructure of the city for the World Cup, the works have already resulted in the eviction of 2145 families and could eventually displace nearly 12000 people.
On June 19, during the Brazil - Mexico game, some 30000 opponents to the Cup marched in the streets of Fortaleza. While their demands are manifold, they share concerns about the amount of public money being spent for the World Cup.
Fortaleza counts over 8000 street children. The most unwanted of the unwanted, they are the first victims of the social cleansing of the city. To keep them away from the city center, police brutality is increasing, in total indifference.