Brazil: Child-Fucking Newsflow on the Rise?


“Child prostitution is a sickness without a cure,” writes Eduardo Carvalho of
Última Hora News. See “Brazilian Police Arrest The Antichrist!”: Horace Greeley of the Grotões, on the hazards of DYI investigative journalism in the Brazilian regional and local press.

Polícia faz operação contra prostituição infantil no RJ: The Estadão (São Paulo) reports on a police operation in Rio de Janeiro against child prostitution.

Just last evening, the evening newscast on TV Gazeta — which is the one I mainly prefer to watch here in Sâo Paulo, not mainly for the journalistic freak show, but for an actual quick information fix — ran an investigative report by “a new team of reporters” on a Campinas neighborhood notorious for prostitution and the sexual exploitation of minors.

It has not been posted to their Web site. I do not know much about TV Gazeta; I should profile them for my notes. I guess what I like about it is the sort of old-school, no-frills, public-interest crusading style of it.

(It is underwritten by the Casper Líbero Foundation, which also runs the J-school my wife graduated from, up there on the Av. Paulista.)

Without too much of that over-the-top sensationalism, as in MSBNC setting honey traps for chatroom pedophiles, with eerie music in the background and infotainment editing tricks.

(In the second installment we saw last night, however, there are light touches of the local country music added as a soundtrack, played on the viola caipira.)

(Mostly) just talking heads talking. The facts speak for themselves. Lots of cops shown in the report — in various different shots, not just the same shot shown over and over, a device that some news programs down here really, really beat to death — cruising around and keeping order, for example.

(Also in the TV Gazeta news: Delivery of the Yellow Line extension to the São Paulo subway will be delayed by at least a year.

The project was marred by the collapse of excavation on the new Pinheiros station in January of this year — the Great Smoking Hole of São Paulo, as I like to call it.

Some local journalists here called it “São Paulo’s 9-11,” but please. New York lost 3,000. This incident killed 7. So far.)

Is it just me, or does the topic seems to be increasingly pautada — scheduled for planned reporting and coverage packages, tagged for priority spot reporting, that sort of thing — by news organizations?

Selling drug-addicted, debt-enslaved children for other people to fuck, as you know, is something that really, sincerely exercises me.

I have nieces.

I read Gilberto Dimenstein’s book on the subject a few years ago, follow the news on the topic, and pay attention to some of the civil society groups organizing against it.

(Gabbling scandalmongers, of course, are prone to exploit such emotional trigger issues, it should be remembered:

It is a controversial practice of mine, I know, but that is why I like to use the phrase “child-fucking” to describe it. Ugly words for ugly deeds.

(I actually cribbed the gambit from the infamous South Park episode, on the Comedy Central network, about NAMBLA, a group that advocates legalizing sexual relations between adults and minors.

Kyle responds to one of their long philosophical spiels about the ancient Greeks, yada yada yada, with a simple: “Dude! You people. Like. To fuck. Children.”)

See also

RIO – A polícia do Rio apreendeu na madrugada desta sexta-feira, 5, seis crianças que se prostituíam em Campo Grande, na Zona Norte do Rio, a mais nova delas com 13 anos. Três homens foram presos acusados de aliciar as meninas. A “Operação Anjos” da Delegacia da Criança e do Adolescente Vítima (Dcav), surpreendeu outros três homens negociando programas com as meninas, dois jovens e um professor universitário.

Rio police arrested six children in the earlier hours of today who were prostituting themselves in Campo Grande, Northern Zone of Rio. The youngest is 13. Three men were arrested and charged with sexual abuse of minors. “Operation Angels” of DCAV, the special victims unit for children and adolescents (of the state judicial police, I think) surprised another three men negotiating “programs” with the girls: Two young men and a university professor.

Eles foram liberados porque não foram presos em flagrante, mas podem ser processados pelo Ministério Público, segundo a polícia. A investigação foi iniciada há três meses após ligações para o Disque-Denúncia e contou com gravações de vídeo e áudio mostrando a ação dos exploradores e a movimentação das vítimas.

The [johns] were set free because they were not caught in the act, but may be charged by prosecutors, police say. The investigation began three months ago based on calls to the local anonymous tips line, and includes video and audio recordings documenting the activities of the exploiters and the movements of the victims.

“Todas elas (as crianças) se disseram usuárias de maconha e cocaína e foram encaminhadas para a Central de Abrigos Carioca para a desintoxicação”, disse a delegada da Dcav, Renata Teixeira de Assis. Segundo ela, os acusados atuavam na rua disfarçados de guardadores de carros e de mototaxista. Além de aliciar, eles agendavam programas e indicavam as meninas conforme a preferência dos abusadores. A base do grupo seria a Favela do Barbante, em Campo Grande, onde algumas das menores moravam.

“All of them said they were cocaine and marijuana users and were sent to [a shelter organization] for detox,” said DCAV officer in charge Renata Teixeira de Assis, who said the accused worked the streets disguised as car-watchers and mototaxi operators. Besides sexual abuse, they scheduled “programs” and recommended girls based on the preferences of the [johns]. The group is reportedl based in the Barbante favela in Campo Grande, where some of the minors live.

Not to be confused with Morro da Barbante on the Ilha do Governador, I think — scene of a notorious militia incident earlier this year. Or is it?

Acusado de ser o chefe da quadrilha, Ricardo Ferreira Nascimento disse que é mototaxista há oito anos e negou as acusações. “Eu apenas levava as meninas até em casa como qualquer passageiro”, disse ele, que no entanto reconheceu não possuir carteira de habilitação. Suspeitos, os guardadores de carro Carlos Alberto Oliveira e Fabiano Ferreira negaram a versão da polícia. Nenhum deles possui antecedentes criminais.

Accused of heading the scheme, Ricardo Ferreira Nascimento denied the charges, saying he had worked as a mototaxi driver for 8 years. “I just took the girls home like any other passenger,” he said, but acknowledged he has no driver’s license. Also suspected are “car-watchers” Carlos Alberto Oliveira and Fabiano Ferreira, who denied the charges. Neither has a criminal record.

“Car-watchers” are informal security arrangements for street parking that can sometimes be hard to distinguish from “If you give me a dollar, my friends won’t steal your car.”

Aos policiais, as menores confirmaram que se prostituíam nas ruas. O programa variava entre R$25 e R$50 e era feito em motéis e em um terreno baldio próximo da área de prostituição. Três das meninas já tinham passagens pela delegacia em outros flagrantes de prostituição. Não é a primeira vez este ano que a Zona Oeste do Rio é alvo de operações policiais contra a prática. Há dois meses, na Barra da Tijuca, um policial militar foi preso acusado de agenciar a prostituição de menores na orla do bairro.

To police, the girls confirmed that they prostituted themselves in the street. The price varied from R$25 and R$50 and the “programs” were carried out in motels and in a vacant lot nearby.

Say $12 to $25.

Three had prior arrests for prostitution. It is not the first time the Western Zone has been targeted by police operations against the practice.

You told me it was the Northern Zone. I am confused on my urban geography now.

And they go on to cite the Barra da Tijuca case, my translation of which gets a fair amount of hits.

It’s a paradoxical effect of the age of Google: people searching for content related to sex and death often wind up visiting my online notebook — which, of course, generally has more to do with the abuse of sex- and death-themed sensationalism in contemporary public discourse than it does with lurid tales of sex and death properly speaking and for their own sake.

On the way to my first meeting with the lady who later honored me by becoming my wife — set up by scheming friends — I piled into the taxi of gentleman, summoned to my flat in the upscale Jardins neighborhood — who asked me, very politely, if I would like to give him R$50 to fuck his sister.

“Big tits,” he said, motioning to indicate the commodity protuberances in question.

I politely declined.

Then, absurdly, in a bid to strike up a conversation with this woman I had only just met — and whom I pegged, at first glance, as sort of a Marian the Librarian type (little did I know) — I recounted the episode. Getting a very weird look from the lady.

I can be somewhat socially inept at times. I admit this about myself.

Fortunately, I later discovered a better line of conversation: We are both crazy about the 1960s-era Kinks. And the rest, as they say, is history — how a philandering gringo wound up wearing the (Tropicalist) ball and chain of matrimonial (semi-)bliss.

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