Brazil to Welcome Sex Tourist with Handcuffs

The Minister of Tourism, Walfrido Mares Guia, asserted, on December 3, that the Brazilian government will not permit “the growth of tourism to come at the expense of commercial sexual exploitation of children and adolescents.”

This affirmation was made during the seminar, Sustainable Tourism and Childhood, which was part of the World Tourism Forum for Peace and Development.


The forum, which was opened on December 1st by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in Salvador, in the state of Bahia, ended yesterday December 5.


According to Mares Guia, “intelligence work” by the Federal Police prevented the concretization last week of two charter flights from Italy to transport tourists whose interests were exclusively sexual to a capital in Northeast Brazil.


“Upon their arrival, everybody would have been arrested and handcuffed,” the Minister said.


Mares Guia regretted the dire poverty that exists in some Brazilian tourist spots. In his view, this is what leads families to “shove” their daughters into prostitution, especially with foreign tourists.


For the Minister, it constitutes a serious social problem that requires a firm response by the police. He pointed out that denunciation is essential in the fight against this kind of exploitation.


Mares Guia revealed that the Ministry has contacted ambassadors from the countries of origin of some of the foreigners who come to Brazil for the sake of sexual tourism and has already received assurances of collaboration from Germany and Belgium, which have strict laws against this type of violation.


Agência Brasil
Translator: David Silberstein

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil Buys US$ 1 Billion Abroad to Add to Reserves

Brazil’s Federal Treasury announced that it had acquired US$ 1 billion through the sale ...

New Multimillion Tourism Campaign Shows a Brazil Little Known

Brazil. Sensational! is the name of a global campaign launched this Tuesday, September 23, ...

After a Disastrous 2006 Grain Crop Brazil Looks Forward to 2007

Brazilian wheat production this year should total 4.1 million tons, an increase of 66.3% ...

Paris-based Technip Gets Major Contract from Brazil’s Petrobras

Technip, in association with Subsea 7, has been awarded by Petróleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) ...

Flower Power

Even after having been contacted by the women who found themselves pregnant while taking ...

Inside the Belly of Brazil’s Mysticism

Life for Lucille Bellucci began in Shanghai, China, where she grew up during WWII ...

Brazil Urged to Repeal Dictatorship-Era Anti-Press Law

Reporters Without Borders called today on Brazil to repeal its press offenses law, which ...

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez

Brazil Senate Intent on Blocking Venezuela from Mercosur over TV Shut Down

Despite recent conciliatory gestures between the presidents of Brazil and Venezuela, Brazil's Senate has ...

Santa Catarina, Brazil, Boosts by 28% Exports to Mercosur

Santa Catarina, a state in the South of Brazil, has increased its exports to ...

Brazil’s Itaíº Swallows BankBoston in Chile and Uruguay

The leading Brazilian bank Itaú announced yesterday it had reached a deal with Bank of ...