The statistics are stark: illiteracy averages 10 per cent, reports say 13 million are underfed, 42,785 were murdered nationwide last year and there is a national shortage of 168,000 physicians.
The forward has been given licence to roam in the Three Lions shirt, although he is yet to produce his brilliant best at a World Cup, having been to the 2006 and 2010 tournaments.
All the while, tucked away at the back of an indoor car-park, is Aprosmig — a union for those within the industry in the state of Minas Gerais the name is a contraction of the "Minas Gerais association of prostitutes".
Having passed through two of the major universities in the city, she's now studying to be a doctor in Portugal.
He says that sex is sex but you can't replace a person.
We have to keep pushing for this because it's basic exploitation".