Saturday, November 24, 2007

In Brazil, Girl Jailed With Men

She was 16-years old. That didn't stop Brazilian officials from throwing the girl into a prison cell with 20-men. What would be the likely outcome from leaving her in that cell for four weeks? How about gang rape and torture?

The girl is said to have emerged from custody covered with bruises and cigarette burns. Brazilian media report her cellmates forced her to have sex in exchange for food.

According to The Guardian, this isn't an isolated case:

The revelations have unearthed other cases in which women were apparently imprisoned alongside men.

On Wednesday there were reports that a 23-year-old woman had shared a cell with about 70 men in the town of Parauapebas, also in the state of Para.

Amnesty International's Brazil researcher, Tim Cahill, said: "We receive extensive reports of women in detention who suffer sexual abuse, torture, substandard healthcare and inhuman conditions, showing that this case is far from isolated but continues to be hidden from the public."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And Harper wants to deal with South America?

Harper trying his darndest to claim he's the PM of human rights?