The 2016 Rio Olympics is ruining the livelihoods of local prostitutes.

If they must be relocated, the women want something more than just a new site: Architect Guilherme Ripardo, working with the business association, has drawn up plans for a $1.8 million community center at the new, undisclosed location that would include a health clinic, child care, and professional training in everything from sewing to computer literacy.

Its clean, modern lines – blueprints show swooping curves and soft corners – were inspired by the women themselves, Ripardo said. The prostitutes nicknamed it “A Cidade das Meninas,” or “The City of Girls.”

The new center is meant to be functional but also beautiful, a source of pride, Ripardo said. Sex work happens in Rio, he said; it’s part of the city’s history. It’s also within the bounds of law. Prostitution is legal in Brazil. —

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