BBC MUNDO (UK), CLARIN (Argentina)

RIO DE JANEIRO - The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is just 18 months away, and the entire nation is preparing. Local prostitutes, for their part, are getting ready to make sure they can keep up with the expected influx of international visitors by studying English, French, and Italian, as well as brushing up on proper Portuguese, Clarin reports.

The courses will be offered by a sex workers’ union in the state of Minas Gerais. The union’s president said that 20 women have signed up for the classes already. The courses are expected to begin in March, and the union is trying to find language teachers to give classes on a volunteer basis, BBC MUNDO reports.

The union president explained that it is important for the girls to be able to explain to clients how much they will charge, and to be able to understand what services they like. She hopes that the classes will last for eight months.

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