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Brazil takes on websites that promote sex tourism

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Brazil has taken on more than 2,000 websites that promote Latin America's biggest country as a sex tourism destination.

The Tourism Ministry says that in 2011 it identified 2,169 websites with photos of women in sensual poses and invitations for sexual encounters with minors. Many of the sites were hosted in the United States.

The ministry said in a Tuesday statement that 1,100 of the websites have eliminated their sex-oriented content and that the ministry is trying to convince the remaining sites to do the same.

Tackling the websites is part of an ongoing campaign to combat the sexual exploitation of minors during the 2014 World Cup.

For more than a year, Brazil has been distributing posters and ads warning that sexual exploitation of minors is a crime.

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