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Brazil Holds Series of Raids to Embarrass Foreign Whore-Chasing Tourist

For this week, Brazil’s Federal Police in the northeastern city of Natal, capital of Rio Grande do Norte, prepared another operation to combat sexual tourism in the state.

This type of action occurs periodically, says the regional executive commissioner of the Federal Police in Rio Grande do Norte, Luis Fernando Ayres.

At the present time, sexual tourism in Brazil is most frequent in the cities of Fortaleza, Recife, Salvador, and Natal, all in the Northeast.

In the wee morning hours last Saturday, April 1st, a PF operation surprised 110 foreigners, including Norwegians, Swiss, Italians, Spaniards, and Portuguese, without their passports in a nightclub on Ponta Negra beach, one of the most famous in Natal.

The operation involved 45 federal police agents and resulted in summonses being issued to three of the foreigners, two for possession of marijuana and cocaine and one for disrespecting authority.

According to Ayres, the only people in the club were hookers and foreign tourists, a situation that typifies sexual tourism. No children or adolescents were found on the premises.

In Brazil sexual tourism is only a crime when it involves children and adolescents. In such cases, under the terms of the Statute of Children and Adolescents, tourists can be charged with sexual exploitation of minors and rape, among other crimes. The penalty is a 2-5 year prison sentence.

According to Ayres, the intention is to embarrass tourists who come to Brazil in search of whores. "Sexual tourism is frowned upon, because there are people who make money by exploiting these women, taking advantage of their human needs," the delegate affirms.

Agência Brasil

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  • Spencer S.

    You get what you pay for!
    You want to play the game? You take the risks. Whether it be in Natal or BFE, there are always problems associated with risk taking. Agreed? Get yourself a guide or middelman… simple to find on the beach when your tanning your butt off. They come cheap and will do all the leg work for you. Usually the guy that rents you the lounge and umbrella can handle delivery right to your favorite tanning spot or hotel room. You can even inspect the merchandise before you buy. Its a product like any other product on the market today. Use it or loose it. Tchau!

  • xyz

    Who cares if spain or portugal makes you laugh as long as you laugh while getting the hell out of our countries, go laugh in your country macaca malcheirosa.
    YOU ARE NOT WELCOME IN OUR COUNTRIES, OR IN OTHER COUNTRIES IN EUROPE. GO BACK. They have brough nothing but nasty sexual diseases crime robberies drugs prostitution, everything we despise. No one wants you in their countries because how nasty you are. With such a rich country they are so burros nem se conseguem sustentar.
    I can’t stand you, voces foram um erro da natureza deveriam ter abortado.

  • Guest

    As I understand it….
    As I understand it, prostitution is legal, but running a brothel is not. So logically the brothel owner(s) should have been summonsed.
    The foreigners were in the wrong only insomuch as two had drugs on them, and one probably told the police to fuck off and mind their own business–not a wise move.Perhaps if they hadn’t been carrying drugs, and had been a bit politer, nothing would have happened at all.
    But anyway, what happened to the whoremonger(s)?
    Actually, the Brazilian Congress is considering a motion to legalise brothels in brazil to regularise the situation.
    But we shouldn’t be too hard on the Brazilian situation. In Britain (my country), prostitution is not illegal either, however soliciting is–asking for pecuniary reward. The emphasis is on the asking bit Running a brothel is illegal, but hiring out one’s wife for sex for money isn’t, as long as you don’t actually ask for money in the transactions process. Using the services of a prostitute is not illegal either, but the police have undertaken ‘swoop’ operations in most major cities. Here they have target the unsuspecting clients of known prostitutes, and then threated sending a warning letter to their home address (this letter is actually is not a legal warning about using prostitutes, but advice about sexually transmitted diseases). It puts the fear of the risen Christ up the ‘John’s’ as their wives often open the post. So, for me, the Brazilian situation is a little clearer for all parties involved.

  • Guest

    That’s fine, fair point and respected!!

  • Guest

    hey, it’s legal, ok, but don’t go around trying to pick on a single group, foreigners that are here to indulge on a LEGAL activity, which is BY FAR a TINY group perpetrating this activity in the overall picture, and act like your “trying to clean up your act”. If they want to truly clean this situation up, and prevent it from happening, they’d outlaw it.

    Brazil is the SECOND leading country in the world with the number of prostitutes. And the main reason for this is the lack of investment in education, lack of opportunities that exist for these young girls. Believe me, IT IS NOT the chosen profession for the masses, it’s their ONLY WAY to make a livable wage!

  • Guest

    CONSIDER LEGALIZATION
    Everything in Brazil is extreme and dramatic. Why do they need to hold a series of raids on the whorehouses all of a sudden in this controversial manner? Isn’t this disrespect and over the top to either party?

    Since prostitution has been in existence long before any of us were even born. Couldn’t they have addressed this more discreetly and sensitively?

    These hard-back ladies should have been notified way in advance that this raid was going to take place and informed of the intentions behind it.

    Maybe its time to consider whether it would be feasible to legally regulate this profession – but these ladies would be required to have strick regualr check-ups and pay their taxes.

    After all this is 2006 and the world is changing rapidly!!!

  • Guest

    SSA
    As prostitution is legal, these campaign’s do nothing else then give an unnecessary negative image to Brasil. It makes perfect sense that prostitution should be legal. Examine the relative abscence of rape and other crimes as compared to the US.

    Has anyone asked the so-called ‘victims’ if they feel victimized? After thousand’s of years, attempts to repress human nature by moralists and avaricious NGO interlopers will do nothing but drive everyone underground.
    As to the issue of age, what about using consistancy and commen sense of lowering the age to 16 as is the voting age in Brasil?

    Perhaps as strange as it may seem, the politicians and the self-aggrandizing UN may wish that the whole world engaged in ‘wholesome, sustainable’ (does that mean keep to yourself tourism unless you are being ripped off by those masquerading as natives) tourism but mother nature has an amazing way of dictating otherwise! If one would adhere to the precpts of the UN World Tourism Organization, they might find former Soviet organized tours to be far more interesting!

  • Guest

    this is hilarious!!! You have a country where PROSTITUTION IS LEGAL!!!

    Foreigners, as well as Brazilians themselves, frequent these “clubs”, which are in fact whorehouses, everyone knows this including the police, and now they’re going to target only foreigners??

    First of all, foreigners account for a relatively SMALL percentage of those indulging in the prostitution industry here in brazil, and this is a known fact, as is the crime of having sex with a minor, the largest perpatrators of this in brazil by FAR are brazilians themselves. There have been numerous studies done, and MORE than 90% of men soliciting sex with under-aged children are BRAZILIANS, here in Brazil.

    Funny, once again, brazil not looking at what is CAUSING this problem!! If you don’t want this type of behavior to occur, OUTLAW PROSTITUTION!!!

    I would love to see it happen, but it never will, although many brazilians don’t like this “whorehouse” reputation that brazil has, it’s been well-earned. One can’t go to ANY city in this country with a population of more than 30,000 people where prostitutes don’t exist. And in these smaller cities there aren’t ANY foreigners or foreign tourism whatsoever, only brazilians! Now who exactly are these girls customers??

    I guess next they’ll ammend the law here in brazil to say that prostitution is LEGAL in Brazil, BUT, ONLY if you’re brazilian…..LMAO!

  • Guest

    Feeling safer
    Wow, who said Brazil was dangerous? I feel a lot safer now!

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