Nightclub Owners in Brazil to Face Human Trafficking Charges

Posted on February 20, 2013 • Filed under: Brazil, Crime, Latin America Womens Issues, Social Issues

On February 18, 2013, G1 reported that a pair of nightclub owners from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil’s southernmost state, are being transferred to Belém, the state capital of Pará, to face human trafficking charges.  The duo owned nightclubs in Altamira, about 900 kilometers from Belém, and was arrested last Wednesday.  They face charges of sexual exploitation, enticing minors to engage in prostitution, and profiting from transactions involving prostitution.  The case was cracked by a 16-year old girl who escaped from one of the nightclubs.  Many girls came to the area from the South seeking lucrative deals to work for the nightclubs, only to be forced into prostitution to pay off debts about which they were never informed.  Read Article

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