As soon as you arrive at the airport, the taxi drivers waiting to pick you up offer to take you to places to buy drugs or sex.
A Sunday People investigation today reveals how kids living in shocking squalor and high on crack cocaine are exploited by drug dealers and pimps.
And as 600,000 foreign fans including Brits flood into Brazil this week, the youngsters’ plight will get worse.
I flew out last week to host city Recife on the north-east coast to interview children caught up in the vicious cycle of prostitution.
As a former detective and with nearly 30 years of experience in investigating child abuse, including the Jimmy Savile scandal, what I found in Brazil made me shudder. TOUT for sex for as little as £1.30 after pimps order them to wear clothes and make-up to look older.
PLY their sordid trade within yards of hotels where British fans will stay.
SNIFF from bottles of industrial glue to stop the pangs of hunger.FEAR for their lives after a 14-year-old prostitute was murdered and her body dumped in the street last month by a man who refused to pay for sex.This shocking trade of young girls and boys on street corners goes on under the noses of police in the world’s seventh wealthiest economy.With its enticing beaches next to towering skyscrapers, Recife is the fifth largest city in Brazil and will host five World Cup matches.England will play there in knockout games if they win their group.But Recife is rife with drug and child abuse which charity workers say is the same across all cities in the country.