RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilian police on Thursday dismantled a prostitution ring operating near Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic Park, where several events of the 2016 Summer Games will take place.
The ring used social media to entice low-income teenagers and young women with promises of careers as models, actresses or singers, police said in a statement.
“A burning desire to become a model, actress or singer” was one of the listed requirements.
Investigators said the recruits were lodged in a building in Barra de Tijuca, a neighborhood on the west side of Rio de Janeiro that is home to the main facilities for the 2016 Olympics, which begin Aug. 5.
Courts ordered pre-trial detention for the two alleged ringleaders, identified as Jonathan Alves Mendes, 24, and Marcio Garcia de Andrade, 33.