SAO PAULO – In anticipation of the 2014 World Cup, prostitutes in one of Brazil's biggest cities are signing up for free English classes.
Cida Vieira, president of the Association of Prostitutes in the city of Belo Horizonte, said Tuesday that 20 have already signed up for the courses and she expects at least 300 of the group's 4,000 members to follow suit. The association is organizing the classes and seeking volunteer teachers in Brazil, where prostitution is legal.
"I don't think we will have problems persuading English teachers to provide services for free," she said. "We already have several volunteer psychologists and doctors helping us."
She said classes are expected to begin in March and last up to eight months.
"It will be important for the girls who will be able to use English to let their clients know what they are charging and learn about what turns them on," Vieira said by telephone.
"And for the same reasons we are also thinking of offering free French and Italian classes," she added.
Belo Horizonte's 62,000-seat Mineirao Stadium will host three matches of the Confederations Cup and six games of the World Cup.
"Across Brazil, lots of businesses in the private sector are getting prepared and making their workers more qualified for the Cup," Vierira told CNN. "Well, this is a profession, too."
Based on reporting by the Associated Press.