Christian groups outraged over Brazil's proposed sex theme park

A company in Brazil is planning to build a sex-themed amusement park with penis-shaped bumper cars and a ‘7D’ vibrating cinema.

ErotikaLand, which will be located near the southern city of Piracicaba, will also boast a nudist pool, a snack bar serving aphrodisiacs and a ‘pleasure train’ manned by male and female gogo dancers.

Developers hope the park, which will be around two hours by car from Sao Paulo, will be able to open its doors to visitors by 2018.

But the plans are facing stiff opposition from some locals, who are concerned about the kind of people it might attract to the area.

Matheus Erler, a member of the Christian Socialist Party who leads the Piracicaba City Council, told Veja Sao Paulo that the park would attract “debauched individuals."

He said the city used to be known as the ‘Brazilian Amsterdam’ because of high drug use, and added: “We cannot be known as the capital of sex – that would be bad for our image.”

But the businessman behind the project, Mauro Morata, has tried to ease people’s concerns.

He said ErotikaLand would be educational and would help to promote safe sex, claiming that despite the raunchy theme, visitors wouldn’t be allowed to have sex in the park itself.

According to the New York Times, Morata said: “This won’t be a place for nuns, but it’s not like we’re trying to recreate Sodom and Gomorrah. If attendees want to take things to another level, they can go to a nearby motel – which we will operate.”

He also pointed to the 250 jobs ErotikaLand would create as proof of the park’s economic benefit, as well as the thousands of visitors that would be drawn to the area every year – who would be wealthy enough to pay the $100 entrance fee.

If the project goes ahead, it wouldn’t be the first sex-themed park in the world to be constructed.

The popular Love Land in Jeju Island, South Korea, has 140 works of erotic art, spawning a copycat park in China by the same name – which was shut down by authorities before it ever opened.

ErotikaLand joins a growing group of strange theme parks around the world, including Dolly Parton-themed Dollywood in Tennessee and Soviet-era Grutas Park in Lithuania.

There is also Bible-themed Holy Land in Argentina, where visitors can participate in an interactive crucifixion with blood-covered actors, and a robotic Jesus is reborn seven times every day.