The police seem to be on a mission in Rio to harass any place frequented by prostitutes. For the record, prostitution is 100% legal in Brazil; however, it seems that ever since Rio received notification it would be home to the Olympic Games, police have been extra vigilant about raiding clubs and checking “paperwork”.
This time police, employing 100 agents, raided multiple clubs in Copacabana, the beach zone where most tourists stay. The only clubs where arrest were made were Centaurus, a tier one spa for men to spend time with women, and Luomo, also a tier one spa. The only people arrested were owners and managers.
The other clubs including the Miami Peep Show video arcade, an adult sex shop located adjacent to the Catholic Church, and Barbarella’s, a longtime favorite club, received no citations.
Police arrested three people (two women and one man) and confiscated around 300,000 reais in cash, according to reports. I am not sure if the amount is correct. Four men and their prostitutes were caught in the act (how embarrassing?). They were all questioned and released. Clients/patrons of these establishments are not arrested because prostitution is legal.
The police stated they only seek to charge the owners with exploitation of prostitutes, a violation of Articles 228 and 229 of the Penal Code, which carry a penalty of between 2 to 5 years in prison. Clients are not being targeted by police apparently.
The raided establishments were:
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Here is VIDEO from a raid two weeks ago at Balcony Bar, which is the favorite hangout for tourists in Copacabana. Police say locals complained of loud noise and drug dealing. Seems the Copacabana local elite are at it again. They were the ones that got Help Disco closed down by CLAIMING the disco, which was wildly popular among single male tourists, was ruining Copacabana. Since the closing of Help, property values in Copacabana have risen dramatically and the rich get richer!
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