Violence, Child Trafficking, & Football: The World Cup of Terror

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Violence, Child Trafficking, & Football: The World Cup of Terror

By Sarah Rawlings

 

 

Brazil is working hard to assure FIFA that it has everything under control, as thousands of military personnel pour into the slums surrounding the stadiums to pacify the cartel-run shantytowns.

The 2014 World Cup was notoriously labelled as the World Cup of Terror when one of the largest criminal gangs in South America claimed that they may perpetuate a series of attacks during the games.  The potential transfer of several high-ranking members of the gang to a maximum security prison is noted as the reason why.

In March, the Brazilian government stated that the military would occupy several ‘favelas’ or shantytowns in Rio de Janeiro to guarantee security during Cup events.  This area is currently controlled by a violent drug and trafficking cartel where over 100,000 people live.

In Rio, figures from the Institute of Public Security (ISP) show street robberies have climbed from 4,700 to 6,700 inone year.  In Flamengo, a district of Rio de Janeiro, assaults and muggings on the street have more than doubled.

It’s no surprise then that vigilantism has also gone on the rise, as a group calling themselves the “justiceiros” try to take control where the Brazilian government has failed.  With violence and theft escalating and the police force unable or unwilling to help, social unrest grows in the general populace.

Trafficking also spikes during any major sporting event and the World Cup is no exception.  Organisations such as Happy Child International have started a campaign called It’s a Penalty to raise awareness about the criminal repercussions of having sex with a minor.  Girls as young as 9 will be turned out for that weekend in order to maximise profits for pimps and gangsters in all the Cup event cities.

The city of Fortaleza, one of 12 holding events for the Brazil World Cup, holds a reputation in Brazil for having a concentrated amount of child sex trafficking and has been called the Brazilian gringo prostitution capital.  The number of complaints related to children being sold for sex in that city rose from 193 in 2009 to more than 10 times that in 2012.  Claims have been made that this spike is a good sign people are becoming more aware and reporting more frequently.

According to the NCO National Forum for the Prevention of Child Labour, there were an estimated 500,000 child sex workers in Brazil in 2012.

Trafficking, cartel-related violence, and general unrest are rife in Brazil.  In February, there were several clashesbetween protesters and military police in Rio de Janeiro resulting in the death of a photographer and the reported injuries of six others.  Last year, similar protests became a nationwide movement against government corruption and wasteful spending on the Cup while infrastructure continues to remain neglected.

If you’re planning on taking a trip to Brazil for the games, you may want to take more than a Vuvuzela.

 

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