Calliem, 14, told me how she first started selling her body for sex at 11.
"I have sex so many times with men and they only pay me five Brazilian real," she said. Calliem is a regular user of "cola", cannabis and crack cocaine - acquiring the crack from a regular dealer who visits the streets.
Many had attempted to make themselves look older with clothes and make-up.
Accompanied by a translator and a missionary who works with children on the streets, I spoke to three very young girls, one of whom was clearly not well because of the drugs she was taking and glue she was sniffing.
England will play there in knockout games if they win their group.
But Recife is rife with drug and child abuse which charity workers say is the same across all cities in the country.
She told me how she gets approached by scores of men looking for sex - locals, tourists and taxi drivers.
SNIFF from bottles of industrial glue to stop the pangs of hunger.
FEAR for their lives after a 14-year-old prostitute was murdered and her body dumped in the street last month by a man who refused to pay for sex.
She said: "The children go with the men because they are high on drugs or need more money to buy drugs.
"They use drugs to numb the pain of the sexual abuse, become addicted then need to sell themselves over and over again to raise the money." Drugs are widely available in Brazil and the country is in the grip of a crack cocaine epidemic.