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Cross-posted from Zed Books
A former prostitute turned anti-AIDS campaigner is making a run for state office in Brazil’s general elections in October.
Gabriela Leite, 59, [head of the NGO Davida which supports sex workers in Brazil], launched her campaign to become a Rio de Janeiro state congresswoman for the Green Party under the slogan “Puta Deputada,” punning a Brazilian term that can mean either “deputy whore” or “hell of a deputy”.
If elected, Leite has vowed to maintain her activism for rights for sex workers, according to her pamphlet published in the newspaper O Globo.
She has gained an international profile for launching a clothing label, Daspu, whose revenues go to providing a sort of pension for aging prostitutes and promoting prevention of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Sex Work Matters – Power and Intimacy in the Sex Industry, Edited by Melissa Ditmore and Alys Willman with Antonia Levy (2010)
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