Intercourse staff within the southeastern metropolis of Belo Horizonte in Brazil have gone on strike for per week, demanding to be included within the group of front-line staff receiving precedence coronavirus vaccines.
Hundreds of intercourse staff within the metropolis have been pressured by pandemic-related closure of lodges, the place they rented rooms to promote their providers — to solicit for shoppers on the road, they are saying.
“We’re within the entrance line, shifting the financial system and we’re in danger,” Cida Vieira, president of the Affiliation of Prostitutes of Minas Gerais state, instructed AFP. “We have to get vaccinated.”
Vieira and different ladies held a protest Monday, April 5, in a avenue the place they used to ply their commerce, waving placards declaring: “Intercourse staff are professionals” and “Intercourse work and well being.”
“We’re a part of the precedence group as a result of we take care of numerous sorts of individuals and our lives are in danger,” mentioned Lucimara Costa, one of many protesting prostitutes.
The federal government has prioritized well being staff, academics, the aged, indigenous individuals, and other people with underlying well being circumstances for the primary vaccination spherical.
It hopes to vaccinate these precedence teams, some 77 million individuals, within the first half of 2021.
“We’re a precedence group, we’re well being educators, peer educators. We kind a part of that group, since we give details about STIs for males, distribute condoms…” mentioned Vieira.