A Rio de Janeiro police officer was arrested Thursday for apparently bribing the Monte Carlo bar on Copacabana
A police officer was arrested last Thursday for allegedly taking protection money from the owner of the Monte Carlo club on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Over the past few years, as the city prepares for the 2014 Soccer World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, police have been making raids against houses of prostitution. Prostitution is legal in Brazil; however, a person cannot benefit from the earnings of a prostitute. This regulation places the clubs where prostitutes work and meet clients in a legal gray zone.
The law is quite unclear and leaves room for official corruption. Since club owners can, theoretically, be considered earning money from prostitutes because they take a cut and set prices, police can harass owners at any time. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to which clubs get raided. Perhaps the “protection” money was a payment to prevent a raid!