June 2014 | Photo Essay: An ordinary World Cup day
In Brazil there are two sex-reassignment surgeries every day however the prejudice that transgender people suffer starts very early when their families discover that their son or daughter feel different from the other children. Face to misunderstanding in some cases, and to violence in others, the majority of them find the same answer: to run away from home. From that point to prostitution it is just one step has it becomes the only way to achieve financial independence. In many cases, prostitution ends up giving them the certainty that they do not want full sex-change surgery because they get "more income" like that.
Lara, Raíca and Sasha share the same house, in Campinas, a city of São Paulo state with approximately one million inhabitants. The three of them, as well as "other girls" live in a small house divided into several rooms, located near the street where they work. For them an ordinary day starts around 18pm and goes all night long until in the morning.
The FIFA World Cup didn't favored their days since no new customers have come. Located about 1:30h driving from the state capital, the town did not attend any of the matches and therefore did not benefit from the floods of fans that came to the biggest event of football in the world, like in other Brazilian cities. However two national teams made the town their base and the strengthening of police patrols in some prostitution areas contributed instead to drive off clients.
The security is one of their main concerns and therefore they try to protect themselves on the street, yet when the time to be with a client arrives they get to be all alone. Despite Brazil is one of the countries where LGBTT community has more visibility, especially transvestites and transsexuals, according to a report by the International NGO Transgender Europe, this is also the country where most murders related to these genres occur. The same report points that between January 2008 and April 2013 there were 486 deaths, a number four times higher than in Mexico, the second country with the most reported cases in the world.