Up to Half a Million Kids Exploited for Prostitution in Brazil

    Child prostitution in Brazil

    Child prostitution in Brazil Brazil is among the 50 nations that  are part of the second tier of nations where there is human trafficking, according to the just-released US State Department's 8th Annual Trafficking in Persons Report.

    The study recognizes, however, that Brazil is taking substantial steps to rescue victims of slave labor in the Amazon and other Brazilian regions.

    Joining Brazil in the second tier there are among others: Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Turkey, Uruguay, Japan, Israel, Romania and Lebanon. According to the report, they don't meet 'totally' the minimum efforts to eradicate human trafficking.

    The annual report reviews human trafficking laws in close to 200 countries covering the period from March 2007 to March 2008. It's believed that about 2.5 million people the world over are victims of human trafficking, 80% of them being women, and half of them minors.

    The Annual Trafficking In Persons Report, which is mandated by the American Congress, covers 170 countries. 153 are assessed and ranked into Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 2 Watch List, and Tier 3; another 17 countries are considered special cases, because there is no sufficient information to assess the number of trafficking victims.

    Ambassador Mark P. Lagon, Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons during a briefing presenting the 8th Annual Trafficking in Persons Report reminded that in Brazil, some charcoal is produced by forced labor and some of that charcoal may be used to produce pig iron.

    The ambassador went on to say that Brazil "is doing a good deal proactively to rescue victims of forced labor, even calling them by the name they deserve, slaves, based on commitment by President Lula. But as it says right here in the report, approximately half of the nearly 6,000 men freed from slave labor in 2007 were found exploited on plantations growing sugarcane for the production of ethanol – a growing trend."

    The Report on Brazil:

    Brazil is a source country for women and children trafficked within the country and transnationally for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation, as well as a source country for men trafficked internally for forced labor.

    The Brazilian Federal Police estimate that 250,000 children are exploited for prostitution, although NGOs put the number as high as 500,000. Between 25,000 to 100,000 men are subjected to slave labor within the country.

    Approximately half of the nearly 6,000 men freed from slave labor in 2007 were found exploited on plantations growing sugar cane for the production of ethanol, a growing trend. A large number of Brazilian women and girls are trafficked for sexual exploitation to destinations in South America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, Japan, the United States, and the Middle East.

    To a lesser extent, Brazil is a destination for the trafficking of men, women, and children from Bolivia, Peru, and the People's Republic of China (P.R.C.) for forced labor into factories in major urban areas of Brazil.

    Child sex tourism remains a serious problem, particularly in the resort areas and coastal areas of Brazil's northeast, and mostly involves tourists from Europe and the United States.

    The Government of Brazil does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. Over the past year, the government significantly increased efforts to rescue victims of slave labor through mobile inspection operations in the Amazon and remote locations, and also increased efforts to provide greater services for victims.

    At the same time, however, the government did not report any criminal investigations, prosecutions, convictions, or punishments of forced labor crimes and only limited investigations of sex trafficking crimes.

    A lack of government resources and dedicated personnel impeded Brazil's ability to combat its trafficking problem, although the government committed to allocate more funding to anti-trafficking efforts in its recently instituted national work plan to combat trafficking in persons and forced labor.

    Recommendations for Brazil:

    Enact federal legislation to criminalize and sufficiently punish all severe forms of trafficking in persons, including forced labor, consistent with the requirements of the 2000 UN TIP Protocol; continue and increase efforts to investigate, prosecute, convict, and sentence trafficking offenders, especially those who exploit victims for slave labor; commence investigations and prosecutions of corrupt officials who are alleged to facilitate or participate in human trafficking activity; increase cooperation with the United States to investigate allegations of forced labor linked to U.S. imports of Brazilian pig iron; improve victim assistance and protection, especially for victims of slave labor who are vulnerable to being re-trafficked; improve data collection for all trafficking crimes; and dedicate more government resources for antitrafficking activities.

    Prosecution

    The Brazilian government demonstrated modest law enforcement efforts to confront human trafficking crimes during the last year. Brazil does not prohibit all forms of trafficking in persons, although transnational and internal trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation is prohibited under Section 231 of its penal code, which prescribes penalties of three to 10 years' imprisonment – penalties that are sufficiently stringent and commensurate with those prescribed for other grave crimes, such as rape.

    Some aspects of labor trafficking are criminalized under Brazilian law, including debt bondage, for which a sufficiently stringent penalty of two to eight years' imprisonment is prescribed. Forced labor is prohibited by Section 148 of the penal code – trabalho escravo ("slave labor") – prescribing penalties of one to three years' imprisonment.

    Fraudulent recruitment for the purpose of labor exploitation is also prohibited, with penalties of two months, to one year's imprisonment plus fines. The penalties for these labor trafficking offenses are not sufficiently stringent to deter these crimes.

    An October 2006 Presidential decree on human trafficking included a stated goal to amend the law so that penalties applied to labor trafficking crimes would be made commensurate with those applied to sex trafficking crimes; such amendments, while unrealized as of this writing, would assist the government's efforts to punish and deter exploiters of slave labor.

    Brazil continued to lack a centralized system to collect, analyze, and report data on anti-trafficking law enforcement efforts throughout the country. Therefore, no comprehensive data on trafficking investigations, prosecutions, convictions, and sentences were available.

    Nevertheless, the government appeared to sustain its efforts to investigate sex trafficking crimes. The Federal Police in 2007 reported approximately 200 complaints relating to the alleged sex trafficking of Brazilian women to Europe and seven ongoing investigations into cases of alleged transnational sex trafficking. Brazilian press reporting indicated that at least 59 suspected trafficking offenders were arrested by Federal Police during the reporting period.

    The Federal Highway Police, which is responsible for a substantial portion of Brazil's anti-trafficking law enforcement activity, continued to conduct training for its officers on detecting trafficking victims and investigating trafficking crimes. Brazilian and other Mercosur law enforcement officials studied the feasibility of exchanging information of crossborder trafficking investigations.

    The government did not report any criminal investigations or prosecutions of forced labor crimes, although 751 civil investigations are under way, and 890 cases have been filed for prosecution in civil labor courts. Such actions typically result in back pay and fines levied against landowners and other offenders – penalties that are inadequate.

    A Supreme Court ruling of November 2006, which requires that all criminal complaints of "slave labor" be heard by a federal criminal court, appears to remain unimplemented. The Ministry of Labor's anti-slave labor mobile units increased their operations during the year, as the unit's labor inspectors freed victims, forced those responsible for forced labor to pay often substantial amounts in fines and restitution to the victims, and then moved on to others locations to inspect.

    Mobile unit inspectors did not, however, seize evidence or attempt to interview witnesses with the goal of developing a criminal investigation or prosecution because inspectors and the labor court prosecutors who accompany them have only civil jurisdiction. Because their exploiters are rarely punished, many of the rescued victims are ultimately re-trafficked.

    The Ministry of Labor's "dirty list" which publicly identifies individuals and corporate entities the government has determined to have been responsible for slave labor, continued to provide a modicum of punishment to those engaged in this serious crime, largely through public shame and the barring of these entities' access to loans from state financial institutions.

    During the year, however, a number of individuals and corporate entities were able to remove their names from the "dirty list" through court action.

    Throughout the year, there were reports of government officials' complicity in sex trafficking or slave labor, particularly with regards to police – directly or indirectly involved in sex trafficking rings – notably in the Amazon and northern states.

    Furthermore, numerous credible reports indicated that state police officials were involved in the killing or intimidation of witnesses involved in testifying against police officials in labor exploitation or forced labor hearings.

    There were also numerous killings of rural labor activists and labor union organizations, some of whom were active in fighting forced labor practices; some of these killings reportedly occurred with the participation or knowledge of state law enforcement officials.

    Protection

    The Brazilian government modestly improved efforts to provide trafficking victims with protection during the year through a network of 931 Specialized Social Assistance Reference Centers (CREAS) located in 1,107 Brazilian municipalities. The Ministry of Social Development provided shelter, counseling, and medical aid to adult and child victims of sex trafficking, along with other victims of sexual violence and exploitation.

    In 2007, the government provided $2.5 million in funding for this program, which in 2006 – the last year for which data is available – assisted 6,820 child victims of sex trafficking or sexual exploitation. A national hotline for reporting incidents of child sexual abuse and exploitation, which includes child sex trafficking, registered 23,368 reports of such abuse in 2007.

    Brazilian police continued to employ victim referral procedures when they identified child sex trafficking victims, referring the child victims to government-run CREAS for care. Labor inspectors and police officers who were members of the Ministry of Labor's anti-slave labor mobile units, which are tasked with conducting surprise inspections of remote labor sites suspected of slave labor, employed formal procedures in identifying victims of forced labor, and provided these victims with immediate care.

    During the year, the Ministry of Labor's mobile units identified and freed 5,963 victims of forced labor through 114 operations targeting 203 properties. This is a significant increase from 3,390 forced labor victims freed in 2006 through 103 operations targeting 186 properties. Approximately half of the victims freed in 2007 were found on plantations growing sugar cane for Brazil's booming production and export of ethanol, a biofuels, marking a growing trafficking phenomenon.

    In one operation alone, a Ministry of Labor mobile unit found 1,108 slave labor victims on a sugar plantation during an inspection in Pará state in July 2007. The Ministry of Labor awarded slave labor victims with compensation totaling $5.4 million as a result of these 2007 operations, funds which were derived from fines levied against the landowners or employers identified during the operations.

    The government encouraged victims of sex trafficking to participate in investigations and prosecutions of trafficking, though often victims proved reluctant to serve as a state witness due to fear of reprisals from traffickers and corrupt law enforcement officials. The government did not, however, encourage victims of forced labor to participate in criminal investigations or prosecutions, although judges and prosecutors have begun to use victims' testimony recorded by NGOs.

    The government did not detain, fine, or otherwise penalize identified victims of trafficking for unlawful acts committed as a direct result of their being trafficked. Some victims of sex trafficking were offered protection under a witness protection program on a limited basis, though a lack of resources limited this program's effectiveness. The government did not provide foreign victims of trafficking with legal alternatives to their removal to countries where they may face hardship or retribution.

    Prevention

    The Brazilian government sustained its efforts to prevent trafficking through public awareness campaigns during the reporting period. A national plan of action on trafficking in persons, which covers all forms of trafficking, was produced by the government's Justice Secretariat and released publicly in January 2008.

    Concurrently, an interagency committee on trafficking, chaired by the Justice Secretariat, was formed and began meeting during the year. The development of the national action plan and interagency committee were tasked by President Lula's anti-trafficking decree of October 2006, which also called for a dedicated budget for anti-trafficking activities; such a budget has not yet been realized.

    The Ministry of External Relations continued to train its diplomats on identifying victims overseas and referring them to local NGOs in host countries. Although Brazil deploys a substantial number of troops abroad as part of international peacekeeping missions, the government did not provide them with training on human trafficking before deployment during the past year.

    The Brazilian government cooperated with a number of foreign governments in punishing or removing foreign visitors who were charged with child sex tourism offenses in Brazil, though the exact number of cases is not known.

    The Ministry of Tourism continued its radio and television public campaign of "Quem ama, protege" (He who loves, protects) aimed at addressing child sexual exploitation in the country's tourism centers and expanded this to neighboring countries, with versions in English, Spanish, and Dutch.

    The government took measures to reduce demand for commercial sex acts by conducting a national media campaign against commercial sexual exploitation during the 2008 Carnaval holiday period.

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    • jon

      Joao,

      As you can tell, I think the world has to find and utilize alternative forms of energy..it is out there and the public and private sectors have to work together to bring them on-stream at an affordable cost. It just seems the oil sector is going hell-bent to extract difficult oil reserves like the oil sands with a damn the torpedoes attitude towards the environment.
      Anyways, thanks for the link to that CDN company doing that research and have a good weekend too. Actually, believe it or not it was 38C today in the melting great white north!!

    • João da Silva

      Jon
      [quote]I am not too familiar with the product you are referring too but there is an Canadian company doing some good work in producing power from waves/currents[/quote]

      Thanks for the info, Jon. After doing research in my computer, I found the name of the Canadian company that is testing (very successfully) the product I mentioned. It is Magenn Power Inc and the link is:[url]http://www.magenn.com/[/url]. I am a bit of a buff of alternative energy sources and I try to keep track of the new developments in that area.

      The gas price here varies from one place to another. Right now in our city it costs around US$1.50 per liter.

      You have a great week and hope the weather is getting warmer in Edmonton and you don’t have to waste money on the furnace oil!

    • João da Silva

      Forrest
      [quote]what do you think joao & others [/quote]

      If George Bush wanted to take out Venezuela, he would have employed his “awesome and shock” strategy on that country in 2003 instead of Iraq. The same logic applies in the case of alleged plot to assassinate young Hugh. As you may recall, Hugh likes to be in the limelight all the time and every time the world forgets about him for a month, he gives a press conference revealing the uncovering of another secret plot hatched out by Bush and Robert Gates to send him to heaven. I think George is too busy clearing his desk to waste his time to take over Venezuela or make another attempt on HughÀ‚´s precious life. At least the Americans know when George is leaving the office. The same thing can not be said about Hugh. The Venezuelans are not sure when he will do so.

      [quote]President Hugo Chavez said Saturday he wants to work together with the next U.S. president and that Venezuela and the United States should cooperate to resolve problems including world hunger, energy shortages and climate change.[/quote]

      I think that the next president of the U.S. will be too busy clearing up the mess in the Middle East and dealing with the recession in the U.S. and would be least interested in Venezuela or for that matter rest of Latin America. The new government will be happy to leave the “Scotch Drinking leftist liberals” in this region to “take good care” of the poor!

      btw, I think that you missed a comment made by “Gringo” in another thread explaining why the U.S. is not likely to invade the Amazon. His comments were just hilarious ,but factual.

    • FORREST ALLEN BROWN

      what do you think joao & others
      if the US wanted him dead he would be like if the US wanted any other
      person gone they would be

      CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez said Saturday he wants to work together with the next U.S. president and that Venezuela and the United States should cooperate to resolve problems including world hunger, energy shortages and climate change.

      But Chavez also warned that George W. Bush “will be much more dangerous during the last months that he has left” in the White House, and accused the outgoing U.S. president of attempting to orchestrate his assassination or spur a military rebellion in Venezuela.

      “Whoever is the next president of the United States, I’d like start preparing the way to start working together,” said Venezuela’s socialist leader.

      By cooperating, both countries could “help save the world from the food crisis, energy crisis and climate crisis,” he added.

      Since taking office in 1999, Chavez has emerged as Latin America’s most outspoken critic of the United States while forging strong ties with Washington’s adversaries, including Syria, Iran and Cuba.

      Washington has long seen Chavez as a threat to democracy in Latin America, but some U.S. officials are aiming for a pragmatic approach to diplomacy with Venezuela that would acknowledge political differences while allowing progress in areas like counter-drug cooperation.

      Chavez, a former paratroop commander, warned his supporters that U.S. officials and anti-government groups in Venezuela “are trying to create discontent in the military ranks, using retired military officers to make contacts in the barracks to bring about a coup.”

      The socialist leader has repeatedly accused Washington of trying to overthrow him.

      American officials deny trying to oust Chavez.

    • FORREST ALLEN BROWN

      when crime is found out in brasil use a gringo as the fall guy
      I have written before how many 14 year old hookers does it take to build a float in carnavil .

      or to pay for the so called famous people to ride them .

      one should look to every city in brazil up and down the coast to see the number of street kids
      abandon by there parents like street dogs ,
      then the brasilian choese the ones they want and feed them and teach them how to make money
      for them by selling them selves .

      there was even a web site on oukrk that showed women or mothers with young girls helping them
      have sex with men was very big in europ even gave clues on how to contact them for as they put it
      there choice of boys or grils .

      they were shut down by interpol last year and it invloved a police major from fortalaza and several of his officers
      they even sold the girls and women got them papers fro visas to send all over the world .

      did not make much of a stir in brazil but in the EU it did

    • gringo

      back to the article…
      Let us not forget the tragic case of Luiz Carlos Barbon Filho. A classic example of can happen when you expose powerful elements in this society that are accustomed to using their influence to protect their sick and twisted exploitations.

    • by

      Collusion at many levels:

      ——————————————————————————–
      Decent Work for the Panama Canal
      Honduras Receives Fuel from Petrocaribe
      Ecuador To Restore Relations With Colombia
      Attorney General Among 8 Arrested For Pedophilia Racket in Brazil
      Latin American Countries Agree To Boost Deep-Sea Fishing
      ——————————————————————————–

      Attorney General Among 8 Arrested For Pedophilia Racket in Brazil
      Brazilian federal police on Friday arrested the attorney general of the northern state of Roraima, Luciano Alves de Queiroz, and seven other people allegedly involved in a pedophilic racket.

      The other suspects are a state police major, a regional electoral court employee, two entrepreneurs, two drug dealers and the mother of one of the abused children.

      Police said Major Raimundo Gomes was the leader of a pedophilic network, which had the arrested attorney general, entrepreneurs and politicians as its clients in Roraima. The drug dealers were charged with providing drugs to the kids involved.

      The accused sexually exploited girls aged from six to 14, said a report released by the child care authorities of Boa Vista, Roraima’s capital city.

      State Governor Jose Anchieta Jr. said he regretted and deplored the alleged participation of the attorney general in the network, adding that De Queiroz and Major Gomes would be dismissed from their positions if the charges are confirmed.

    • ..

      Gringo
      I am very curious. Which province are you from? Of course, you don’t have to answer if you don’t want to.

    • gringo

      ..,
      [quote]Generally I have caipirinha after breakfast as it gives lots of energy to prepare lunch[/quote]

      A wise man you are….

    • ..

      Gringo
      [quote]My humblest of apologies. [/quote]

      Mine too and it was not my intention to piss you off. I think that the good ole boy from Alberty knew the game right from the beginning as I knew he was not a “Filanderar” like Forrest refers to the Finns.Forrest also played the game well and Simpleton suspected too.

      btw, I am still waiting for the answer from “Tomminho” 😉

      [quote]Maybe it was my second caiparinha before breakfast? [/quote]

      Generally I have caipirinha after breakfast as it gives lots of energy to prepare lunch 😉

    • gringo

      ..,
      Well there is the real possibility that Iˢ۪ve resided here too long and sadly gone native. So your sarcasm, dryer than a Nunˢ۪s wo-hoo (as the god ole boys from Alberty would chime in), would logically have sailed miles over my head. Or, and this is probably more the case, Iˢ۪m just so use to hearing this ilk of nonsensical chest pounding nationalism here that I took it at face value. My humblest of apologies.

      Maybe it was my second caiparinha before breakfast? Things that make you go À¢€¦À¢€¦À¢€¦Hmmmmm.

    • jon

      Joao,

      In Canada, it is averaging about $1.31/L…so much for the tar sands..I am not too familiar with the product you are referring too but there is an Canadian company doing some good work in producing power from waves/currents : http://www.finavera.com/

    • João da Silva

      Jon
      [quote]I will go back to watching our gas prices rise and build my own pipeline to Alberta![/quote]

      What is the price of gas per liter in Alberta these days,Jon? As for your building your pipeline, I can convince Ch.c to finance this venture.

      And how is that company that sent in the balloon with wind powered generator to produce electricity? I forget its name,but I was impressed with its new product.

    • jon

      Joao,

      ..not so…..we Canadians as Gringo can attest have a quirky sense of humour. I will go back to watching our gas prices rise and build my own pipeline to Alberta!

    • João da Silva

      Jon
      [quote]Let Gringo and I do some U.N. peacekeeping between everyone to keep things moving on smoothly [/quote]

      What about me? Do you think that I am a trouble maker? If so, I am hurt 🙁

    • jon

      Let Gringo and I do some U.N. peacekeeping between everyone to keep things moving on smoothly 😉 😉

    • ..

      [quote]This has to be a joke? Who uses language like this?[/quote]

      Yes, it is.

      I am still waiting for the reply from that fella “Tommy” who hates “Blue eyed” Italian and German BRAZILIANS as what to do with them. My comments were not addressed to you 😉

      [quote]YouÀ¢€™ve got a fascist streak to you. When the crowds, torches and pitch forks come looking to kill the gringos, IÀ‚´m sure weÀ‚´ll see you leading the pack.[/quote]

      Me with a fascist streak? No.It is that idiot Tommy who has that trait as in the case of most of illiterates. I don’t think he is a Brazilian and if he is one, he would have spelled the name of the city of SÀƒ£o Paulo correctly.

      And you keep out of the discussion between Tomminho and me, unless you have blue eyes and want to be sent back to the lands of your ancestors 😉

    • mcv

      – Italians dont have blue eyes…if you did not know !

      u should be more precise about this comment.my grandfather is Italian born in italy and all his family..and he is not the only one in our family to have blue eyes….that I can tell for sure.we are not relate to germans by any means..

    • mcv

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    • Gringo

      ..
      [quote]There are plenty of Outdoors that give signs of great progress.[/quote]

      You saw a government sponsored billboard that said À¢€œweÀ¢€™re greatÀ¢€Â and you believe it?

      [quote]You should be a little more considerate to him and contribute to his efforts, by writing positive things about the tireless efforts he is making to improve the quality of life for all the have nots.[/quote]

      Do you work for the ministry of truth by chance?

      [quote]Do you think that we should kick their butts and send them back to Germany and Italy?[/quote]

      YouÀ¢€™ve got a fascist streak to you. When the crowds, torches and pitch forks come looking to kill the gringos, IÀ‚´m sure weÀ‚´ll see you leading the pack. If thatÀ‚´s your idea of progress, look to Zimbabwe to see your future.

      [quote]Thanks for supporting our beloved President.[/quote]

      Beloved? Come onÀ¢€¦ where are the cameras? This has to be a joke? Who uses language like this? 😀

      I think it was Forrest some posts back that said: A nation of sheep begets a government of wolves.

    • ..

      [quote]You demonstrate that your comments come from an idiot.
      Dont you have a blood relation with Lula ?????
      I really think you do.[/quote]

      My question was directed to Tommy and I am waiting for his answer. Stay out of our internal discussions.

    • ch.c.

      “Do you think that we should kick their butts and send them back to Germany and Italy? ”
      More idiot…there is not !
      – Italians dont have blue eyes…if you did not know !
      – These Germans/Italians are Brazilians…if you did not know. Sending them back home would send them where they are …..TODAY…..in Brazil !

      And why dont those agreeing they should effectively be sent back….to the country of their fathers or grand fathers…..MAY BE YOURSELVES SHOULD BE INCLUDED……if you are neither Indians or Black ! Unless you also want to send Blacks where they originally came from : Africa.
      Brazil will finally be owned by the true original owners : the Indians !

      Doubtful many of you are Indians.

      Simple proof…..how idiots YOU ARE….and how contradictory you are concerning your
      NON RACISM !

      Whites should be sent home in Europe.
      Blacks should be sent home to Africa.

      those neither whites, nor blacks, nor Indians, are a mixture of what ?
      May be half of their body should be sent to Europe, the other half to Africa, because thery are not more Brazilians than the Brazilians/Italians……blued eyes.

      You demonstrate that your comments come from an idiot.
      Dont you have a blood relation with Lula ?????
      I really think you do.

    • Simpleton

      Most certainly
      I am more than willing to support the beloved President and pay the taxes too. Problem is supporting everyone and everything else leaves little else and so those what have not so much can’t possibly do the same and don’t. Most will make a gata if given a chance because they have no other chance. They will say they support him but do one other thing as they must each and every time the opportunity arises.

      Chstats : 2.5M x 80% women = 2M women the world over in human trafficking. 2.5M x 1/2 minor = 1.25M minors the world over – or interpreted differently 2.5M x 80% x 1/2 = 1M minor women the world over. Brasil possibly has 500K minors (or 250K as estimated by different organization) involved in prostitution which is illegal but not necessarily considered human trafficking and there’s no data to say if 80% of Brasils minor prostitutes are women (vs boys).

    • ..

      observer
      [quote]could Lula put more money elsewhere like into his vaunted social programs???[/quote]

      You have to understand that he is just one man, carrying the burden of a country of 190 Millions. If his vaunted social programs have to be implemented, he needs support from his party members as well as the opposition. His supporters are trying to do their best to convince the opposition to pass several bills to approve increase in taxes. I think that eventually he will win.

      Thanks for supporting our beloved President.

    • ..

      Tommy
      [quote]I think Lula is a good gift for Brazil.Before was lot worst but with Lula there are sign of progress but I agree that he could do lot more.[/quote]

      I wholeheartedly agree with you, Tommy. He is a God given gift to all of us Brazilians. There are plenty of Outdoors that give signs of great progress. One thing I cant agree is that he could not do more, because it is too much of a burden on just one person.You should be a little more considerate to him and contribute to his efforts, by writing positive things about the tireless efforts he is making to improve the quality of life for all the have nots.

      [quote]I’ve read somewhere that Lula check money for poor who send their child to school.[/quote]

      A pleasant surprise to know that you to read. Where did you read it?

      [quote]Unfortunately those who beneficiate of the economy are mostly blue eyes German/Italians of Sao-paolo or other big magapolis of the south where most Europeans moved.[/quote]

      Tommy, you are spot on regarding these blue eyed German/Italians dominating the country. Do you think that we should kick their butts and send them back to Germany and Italy?

      Must say that I enjoyed reading your comments which are highly objective and educative.Please do keep in touch.

    • João da Silva

      Ch.c
      [quote]Why dont you tell them they are not Brazilians ? [/quote]

      That was a fast one and quote of the week 😉

    • ch.c.

      “What Brazil want is a good distribution of the huge wealth of that country. ”
      You should somewhat swallow that statement.

      1) Brazil has one of the World LOWEST wealth distribution…..even today.
      2) The Bolsa Familia Annual Budget divided by the 45 millions people receiving it, equals to LESS than 0,50 Reals…..per day. For 3 delicious meals….as Lula says.
      3) The Bolsa Familia Annual Budget is around 2 % of the Federal Budget…..given to 25 % of the population while well over 30 % of that budget is kept for the well being of the 1 % of the population…working in the filthy administration. Great isnt it ? Great for the government employees….I mean !
      4) The vast majority of municipal/states/federal workers salaries are based on a multiple of the minimum wage. Meaning that every time Mr Crook & Co increase the minimum wages, the administration workers….get the same adjustment….times 5 /assuming they are paid 5 minimum wages. Where then is the good distribution of wealth distribution….or the increase of wealth redistribution ???? NONE…..except to the filthy mouths of those pretending the opposite of what EFFECTIVELY they do !!!!

      And to your statement : “Unfortunately those who beneficiate of the economy are mostly blue eyes German/Italians of Sao-paolo or other big magapolis of the south where most Europeans moved.”

      Why dont you tell them they are not Brazilians ? 😀 😉 😀 😉 😀 😉

    • Tommy

      I think Lula is a good gift for Brazil.Before was lot worst but with Lula there are sign of progress but I agree that he could do lot more.
      I’ve read somewhere that Lula check money for poor who send their child to school.What Brazil want is a good distribution of the huge wealth of that country.

      Unfortunately those who beneficiate of the economy are mostly blue eyes German/Italians of Sao-paolo or other big magapolis of the south where most Europeans moved.The north of brazil,where most of the disparity and injustice exist, is the land of the African slave descendants.

    • observer

      Funny how state owned Petrobras is considering spending $240 billion to develop difficult oil …could Lula put more money elsewhere like into his vaunted social programs???

    • ch.c.

      Sorry….sorry…maths error !
      Reality is even WORSE :

      “”2.5 million people the world over are victims of human trafficking, 80% of them being women, and half of them minors. ”

      Meaning 1 millions minors ! Right or not ?

      Then Brazil with its 500’000 children….have 50 % of the World Total child sexual exploitation !

      Red faced ? Fine…lets use YOUR own filthy Police stats of 250’000 !

      That still makes 25 % of the World Total child sexual exploitation.

      STILL RED FACED ?
      YOU BETTER BE-

      What a NOT so great country…you should NOT be so proud of !
      Your ego wont change the truth and facts.

      It is not by accumulating foreign currencies that you will increase your budget for Justice !!!!

    • ch.c.

      Read more carefully :
      “2.5 million people the world over are victims of human trafficking, 80% of them being women, and half of them minors. “

      Meaning 1,25 millions minors ! Right or not ?

      Then Brazil with its 500’000 children….have 40 % of the World Total child sexual exploitation !

      Viva Brazil ! Eventually your various Minister should look closer than where they look.

      Sorry Buddies…they are NOT MY stats.

    • ch.c.

      Funny : “were found exploited on plantations growing sugarcane for the production of ethanol
      ….. – a growing trend.”

      And a year or so ago : your second Excellence, vice President “AÀƒ§ucar” (Alencar) openly, publicly and loudly said :
      ” THERE ARE NOOOOO SLAVES IN BRAZILIAN SUGARCANE FIELDS”
      Short memory…..Brazilian Junkies ?

      Everyone can see that when I say : NEVER EVER TRUST WHAT A BRAZILIAN SAY…..IS QUITE
      APPROPRIATE !

      Reality is even much bleaker on human trafficking :
      – around a year ago, there was an article in which a Brazilian Organization said out of 340 or so human traffic roads……X were in that country (developed of course), Y were in this country (developed) of course…etc etc.
      Welll it appears that the same Braziulian organization, a year earlier made another report, saying that out of 340 traffic roads….. 191 ENDED IN…….BRAZIL !!!!!

      Better yet : a Brazilian researcher at a SP University, reported that out of 5500 or so municipalities, OVER 836 municipalities publicly offered sex with minors. And that reality is probably much worse.

      Ohhhh not over yet : another stat made by a Brazilian NGO stated that most sex with minors were made…….in the families !

      Of course Lula never comments on these Brazilian stats, but gets quite loud when a foreigner is found guilty.
      Keeping that foreigner is brazilian jails for a long time is quite normal, provided the same is done when the same bad behaviours are made by….BRAZILIANS THEMSELVES !!!!!

      Making Justice to 1…..but closing your eyes to thousands and thousands of locals…AS GUILTY as the 1 foreigner……IS NOT JUSTICE…..by definition !

      Very sad that impunity prevail….in your UNjustice system !!!!!

      In Brazil, Money and Political Connection is the surest way…for safety….of your criminals !

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