Police raid sex workers in Niterói; reports of rape, robbery, violence and planting of ‘evidence’

Jun 1, 2014
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On May 23, 2014 police in Niterói, Brazil, aided by agents of over 13 police stations in the state of Rio de Janeiro, illegally stormed a building where more than 300 prostitutes work.

Approximately 100 were arrested and taken to the police station for questioning. The police prevented lawyers from being present during the questioning. These are the tactics of a military dictatorship. There were reports of rape, robbery, physical and psychological violence and also that the police planted “evidence” in the women’s belongings.

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The authorities characterized the neighborhood and work places as a “crime scene”, even though they did not have legal warrants to enter and arrest the women. The “Notice of Prohibition”, tacked up on the doors of the building, said that the partial ban was justified because of there was “confirmation that the site was repeatedly used for committing a crime.” However, the number of the apartment was written on the document at the scene, the same practice that is used for a writ of summons. Summons documents are generic and do not indicate in advance what particular infraction may have been committed.

As can be seen in the pictures, the police broke down the doors of the prostitutes’ work places and living spaces. Afterwards the apartments could no longer be locked and were at risk of robbery—although in many cases the agents had already stolen almost everything—hindering the prostitutes’ work and imperiling the homes of those who also live there.

“If you arrest me I will yell, I’m a proud whore.”

“If you arrest me I will yell, I’m a proud whore.”

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Ernest Greene
Ernest Greene
6 years ago

Where there is prohibition there is official violence and corruption. No matter how you describe the means, the ends are always the same.

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