Brazil: Critics slam court’s underage sex verdict

Marco Sibaja – AP/WTOP, 04/01/2012

A Brazilian court decision that sex with a 12-year-old does not necessarily constitute statutory rape has caused outrage among human rights activists in the country.

The Superior Court of Justice ruled this week that a man accused of having sex with three 12-year-olds couldn’t be convicted of rape because of extenuating circumstances, including the fact the girls had previously worked as prostitutes.

Amnesty International on Friday blasted the verdict by the appeals court as “outrageous” and called it an “affront to the most basic human rights.

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