Neil Ashton – Daily Mail, 12/04/2013
Brazil’s sports minister Aldo Rebelo sparked a World Cup crime alert on Wednesday by admitting the country cannot cope with its cases of rape, robbery and murder.
Despite the glamour of Brazil’s sandy beaches and caipirinha culture, there is a darker side to the country that threatens to be exposed during the tournament.
Rio de Janeiro’s crime rate has been rated ‘critical’ for the past 25 years and Brazil’s major cities were paralysed by violent protests during the summer Confederations Cup. Around 40,000 people a year are murdered in Brazil and the state of Rio records around 16 sexual assaults a day. Between January and June last year, it is alleged nearly 5,300 people were raped in the country.