Julie Ruvolo

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Letting Brazil's Homeless Speak for Themselves

Social media projects in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo illuminate the lives of the homeless in Brazil's biggest cities—without value judgments.

Julie Ruvolo

Despite the Hype, the World Cup Ended Up Being Bad Business for Brazil's Sex Workers

Across Rio, brothel revenues were down anywhere from 15 to 50 percent. 

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Brazil's Ugly Pre-World Cup Sex-Worker Crackdown

While concerns about sex tourists dominate the headlines, the bigger threat for Rio's sex workers may be the local police force.

Julie Ruvolo

Scenes From Carnaval, the 'Largest Street Fair on the Planet'

The debauchery you're missing stuck at your desk.

Julie Ruvolo

Rio's Biggest Prostitution Crackdown in a Generation

Before it hosts the World Cup and the Summer Olympics, the city is taking aim at brothels long popular with tourists.