RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After winning several auditions, including for a Madonna video, Aquila Correia was close to realising her dreams in Portugal, after relying on sex work to survive as a transgender migrant.
Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and Correia was evicted, despite a government ban on the eviction of cash-strapped tenants. As an undocumented Black Brazilian without a written contract, Correia had no choice but to pack her bags.
Determined to pursue her career, Correia used the website GoFundMe to raise 4,000 euros (R$26,240) to set up Portugal’s first . . .