More Horror From Para

The State of Para in the North of Brazil has a deservedly ugly reputation. It is notoriously corrupt, infamous for incidents of modern-day slavery, the vicious murder of the landless by the police, and the murder of American-born Maryknoll sister, Dorothy Stang. This, however, may rank among the most horrific things to have occurred that I can recall:

Authorities in Brazil are investigating reports that a young woman
was left in a police cell with some 20 men for a month and repeatedly

sexually abused.

The governor of the state of Para, where the reported case took place, has promised a full inquiry.

Don't hold your breath. This part fills me with a white-hot rage:

They say that she was raped relentlessly and forced to have sex in order to obtain food.

The girl's father has now alleged that he has been

threatened by police who tried to force him to provide a birth

certificate showing that the girl was 20 years of age - a document

which he said did not exist.

What is even more distressing is how horrible the situation with prisons is all over Brazil. As recently as August twenty-five prisoners died in a prison in Minas Gerais from a fire deliberately set by rivals. Whether it's the Carandiru Massacre, or brutality in youth detention centers, Brazil has major, deeply rooted problems in its prison system. Given the fact that under the law, no one serves more than thirty years in jail in Brazil, some serious thought and effort must be given to improving conditions, even if only for the sake of enlightened self-interest.

Cross-posted at Beautiful Horizons.

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    by AshleyA on Mon Dec 03, 2007 at 07:49:58 PM EST
    How many more times is the US going to play world police? There are countless events occurring around the world where travesties are taking place like Darfur conflict and Myanmar. And aren't we in a war to place a government based around the founding fathers religious beliefs that differ from Iraqis? Not that we should let these events keep happening but we can't play the world police either. We have to reach a reasonable solution.  

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    by Jen M on Sun Dec 09, 2007 at 03:53:11 PM EST
    you don't want to be informed.  Don't read.

    Eu quero saber.


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    by AshleyA on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 10:29:53 PM EST
    I didn't say I don't won't to be informed, but I think the American government needs to think rationally about worldly conflicts instead making rash decisions and rushing into conflicts that we don't fully evaluate the consequences of..hint hint(War on Terrorism)
    Ps. Quiero aprender

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    by Randinho on Sun Dec 16, 2007 at 08:40:02 PM EST
    It's quero aprender.

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    by Randinho on Sun Dec 16, 2007 at 08:38:36 PM EST
    Anything about the US getting involved with this? Not me and I wrote this post.