Federal Prosecutors Will Investigate Sexual Abuse Ring in Pará, Brazil

Posted on February 19, 2013 • Filed under: Brazil, Crime, Latin America Womens Issues, Social Issues

On February 18, 2013, D24AM reported that federal prosecutors are traveling to the Brazilian state of Pará to investigate a ring of sexual abuse cases that occurred at the Belo Monte plant, situated between Altamira and Vitória do Xingu.  To this day, the report cites 32 women and adolescents who were freed in the past week by local authorities.  They were held hostage at the plant and forced to perform sexual favors for the businessmen in charge.  Police would also like to investigate any accusations of slave labor.  Prosecutors also need to determine if any of the crimes happened on federally owned lands, which could change the nature of the crime.  Read Article

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