Rio Police Raid A Child Prostitution Ring That Was Taking Place Right Under Everyone’s Noses
Authorities in Rio have raided a ‘high-class’ prostitution ring operating in front of the stadium where Olympic Games started.
Pimps rented three luxury flats in a penthouse in Barra da Tijuca and turned it into a 24-hour brothel where they ran a child prostitution business.
The gang of pimps planned to prostitute the girls to Olympic visitors and athletes. They picked a convenient location since the flats are just minutes away from Olympic Park.
Rental prices in these three-bedroom properties range from £1,500 to £5,000 per month.
The victims were lured to the business by professionally designed adverts posted on social media that promised a ‘high-class’ lifestyle.
The girls’ ages ranged from 14 to 21.
Chief Inspector Cristiana Bento from the Rio de Janeiro Child and Adolescent Victims Police Division, said: “The youngsters were duped into prostitution by adverts put on Facebook.
“The girls were promised a life of a princess, living a lavish lifestyle in a classy neighbourhood.
“But instead they were trapped by these unscrupulous criminals and sexually exploited.”
Officials say that the girls that were being held against their will. All who had bookings during the Olympic games.
“The criminals knew property prices would be more expensive during this period so they rented well before [the Olympics].
“Their intention was to take advantage of the increase in demand for sex because of the Olympics and they enticed vulnerable teens aged 15 to 16 years and some older girls with Facebook ads.”
The suspects who have been running the ring were identified as Jonathan Alves Mendes, 24, and Márcio Garcia de Andrade, 34.
Article: The Sun