The road where childhoods

are stolen.

The BR-116 is the worst road in the world for the sexual exploitation of children.

You can help us change that.

STORIES

 

STATISTICS

"... a scandal on a scale much greater than anything we'd ever seen or heard before, anywhere in the world."

Matt Roper, Highway to Hell

2189

miles - the length of the BR-116,

Brazil's longest motorway

262

places where children are known to be

sold for sex, according to police

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...or one place every ten miles - the

world's worst road for child prostitution

 

THE BOOK

"Compelling and poignant reportage that painstakingly exposes Brazil's darkest secret. In parts heart-breaking, in others uplifting, this is a story that needs to be told."

Oliver Harvey, The Sun

"A truly important book and a must-read for anyone who cares about justice for the poor and vulnerable. The scandal of child prostitution on Brazil's longest motorway can no longer go unspoken."

Steve Chalke, UN Special Advisor on Human Trafficking

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The states of Minas Gerais and Bahia - where Meninadança has projects - have the 1st and 2nd highest rates of child prostitution in Brazil.

90.4%

of the 470 districts where child prostitution places were found have a human development index (HDI) score of between medium and very low.

26%

of children in these districts live in poverty or extreme poverty, in homes with a per capita income of less than £16 a month.

Meninadança works in the poorest region of both states.