Soccer, Samba, and Sex: Preventing Human Trafficking from Attending Brazil’s World Cup and Olympics

Vol. 42 No. 4


Natalie Lamela ( is an attorney with Concepcion Martinez & Bellido in Coral Gables, Florida. She dedicates this article to her grandfather, journalist Esteban Lamela, who inspired her to write.

Though originally known for its soccer players, Bossa Nova music, and costumed Carnival dancers, Brazil will also be known as the second country in history to host the World Cup and the Olympics back to back. These honors, however, coupled with Brazil’s growing economy, converge to create a perfect storm for the increase of sex trafficking in and to Brazil. As sex traffickers seek to benefit from the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, Brazil and the international community must focus on preventing the increase in sex trafficking that is predicted to accompany these global sporting events.

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