Brazilian court convicts three men in rape of American woman in Copacabana

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For all the criminal behavior that has been reported out of Brazil, it’s good to know the justice system seems to be working.

Reuters has confirmed that a Brazilian court has convicted three men for the rape of an American tourist in Rio de Janeiro this past March.

The crime, as well as numerous claims of robberies and one particularly heinous murder, has called global attention to security issues in Brazil leading up to next summer’s World Cup.

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Rio de Janeiro state’s Court of Justice handed down sentences of 49 years, 3 months and 11 days to Jonathan Froudakis de Souza and Walace Aparecido Souza for the crimes of grand theft, rape and extortion. Another conspirator, Carlos Armando Costa dos Santos, was sentenced to 21 years and 7 months. All three of the individuals are said to be in their early twenties.

The crime occurred last March when an American student and her French boyfriend were vacationing in Copacabana and hailed a Minivan operated by the three men. But instead of taking the couple to their requested destination in central Rio, the men forced other passengers to leave the van, beat the boyfriend with a medal rod and proceeded to rape the woman. The men continued on to rob the victims and demand codes for debit and credit cards, according to reports from the court.
 
For anyone planning on traveling to Brazil next summer, the story is one that will remain on the mind. While Minivans are used by millions of residents in Rio it goes without saying that they are an incredibly dangerous alternative to crowded subways and buses.