A new dating app in the US is providing a solution for relationship pressure with a “cover-up” service called The Invisible Boyfriend, which lets you text an imaginary partner.
Poverty in the favelas of the northern Brazilian city of Recife is the main driver for a life in prostitution. Brazil plays host to the World Cup soccer tournament in June 2014, which will likely lead to an increase in demand for sex workers.
Amanda sits curled up on the sofa watching cartoons on television. She will soon turn 14, but her youth belies her past. The young girl has suffered two abortions already, the result of exchanging unprotected, adolescent sex for a pack of cigarettes or a couple of dollars. “My life was complicated. I was on the streets and taking drugs,” she says.
Victoria Jiménez is one of 10 children. By the age of five, she knew how to wash, cook, clean and look after those younger than her. At 12 her mother, unable to provide for her, left Jiménez and her sister in the house of a seamstress to work in exchange for clothes. It was then, as a domestic worker, that she first encountered abuse.
In February 2014 I attended the Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholars lunch after winning the Theo Wilson scholarship. This means I’ll be interning with the Wall Street Journal in Madrid over the summer. Congratulations to the other J Schoolers: John Ismay, Caelainn Hogan and Portia Crowe who also won scholarships.