The two men accused of rape are also suspect of abusing another woman last March. The accused were arrested by officers last Saturday night in Rio. According to police, on Saturday morning the two were in a van in Copacabana and have announced the robbery. Amid the theft, passengers were forced to get off the car except a tourist and her boyfriend, also from abroad. Initial information said that they would be Americans.
Criminals handcuffed the man, who was beaten while his girlfriend suffered sexual abuse. The couple was taken to Sao Goncalo, where they were forced to make withdrawals at ATMs. Both were released by the criminals in Itaboraí, on the Metropolitan Region of Rio, after spending about six hours with the thieves.
The sheriff said the couple got on the van in Copacabana, towards Lapa. Other passengers also came in but were forced to get out in Botafogo. The boyfriend was then handcuffed and the abuses began. The only weapon used was an iron bar. During the time they stayed with the couple, they stopped in Niterói, the woman used the card to buy drinks at a gas station and withdraw money at a Banco do Brasil. In São Gonçalo came in a third suspect, who also raped the victim. As the card limit of the foreigner was reached, they returned to Copacabana, to the building where the couple lived, forced the woman to go in her apartment and pick up more cards, returned to São Gonçalo and made further withdrawals. At a gas station, bought more drinks, and at another put gas in the vehicle.
This report was published this weekend on the O Globo newspaper, and brings us to the question of what’s the difference between this case and what happened in India and became world famous? Just one, in Brazil more than what we would like to think, these cases happen at every moment and we do not give any importance anymore. Robberies and all kinds of crimes happen to tourists in the country and all the police may say is: “what are you doing here?” Go back to your country.
Another report in O Globo, shows how the public notaries in the country are part of a scheme of property fraud and how that affects everyone interested in buying property in Brazil. We are going to write about it this week and my advice for you is stay out of Brazil. Not only the prices are expensive but the title might be fake too and as a foreigner you are an easy target!