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Rio de Janeiro, Nov 27 (EFE).- An association of prostitutes in Rio de Janeiro plans to launch a women's clothing line to generate revenue for a group that defends the rights of sex workers, the press reported Sunday.

The line, which its creators describe as "sensual," will be sold to the mass market under the Daspu brand.

The brand name was inspired by both the occupations of its creators and the upscale Daslu clothing store, which operates in Sao Paulo, according to former prostitute Gabriela Leite, who heads the non-governmental organization Davida.

"It'll be provocative, sensual clothing, but not vulgar. We want to capture the elegance of the women of the past," Leite told the weekly Istoe.

Davida is helping coordinate the project, according to Leite.

The Daspu line will include street and evening clothes, but no see-through knits, and part of the earnings will go to programs run by Davida for the prevention of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, Leite said.

A total of 22 prostitutes are working on the project, and some of the designs will make their debut at the 2006 Carnival celebrations.

Davida is working to win legal recognition for prostitution as an occupation so sex workers will enjoy the same labor rights as other workers. EFE

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