(via Red Light Rio)
RED LIGHT RIO is a story about independent women in unlikely places.
The project is a threaded conversation with fifty women working in Rio de Janeiro’s red light district on the eve of a massive prostitution crackdown to sanitize the city’s image before the tourists arrive for World Cup 2014 and the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Over the course of a year, Julie Ruvolo, a journalist living in Rio, and Aline, her friend working in Vila Mimosa, Rio’s red light district, filmed conversations with prostitutes, brothel management, bartenders, cleaning ladies, manicurists and food vendors who support themselves and their families with the money they make in the Zone.
The project is an attempt to give the wider public unprecedented access to hear from some of society’s most marginalized and misunderstood members – in their own words.
It’s early afternoon and a 23-year-old college student—she asked that we use the name Brittany—is sitting on the room’s leather couch, waiting for the first of the day’s three clients to arrive, talking to us about her job. Brittany is blonde, attractive but not beautiful, a native of a blue-collar town in Camden County, New Jersey.