By Pedro Widmar, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - After nearly two years of planning, January 6, 2010 marked the last day of Help Discoteca’s existence. For some the establishment’s closing signifies the end of a golden age, for others it is a welcome change and a significant step towards Rio's first-world aspirations.

For years the Copacabana beachfront property stood as an icon of Rio de Janeiro’s well-known prostitution business.

As the club doors opened each night hundreds of sex workers would stream into the lounge, attracting the predominantly tourist clients. By 11PM the club . . .

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