Brazil Security Threats

Data and information about security threats from Brazil’s black market. Intelligence and security data collected from government agencies, news articles and other public information sources.

An Air France executive was arrested was running a prostitution ring in France.

The executive would bring in girls from Brazil into France while claiming that the girls were family members. By claiming that the girls were related to him, the executive was able to fly them to France at the family-member discount rate of $207 (€150).

While in France, the girls were kept at various apartments located near the Louvre and other Paris neighborhoods. The girls would be forced to service up to 5 men a day at a rate of $207 (€150) per client.

In total, security officials state that the man made up to $2.7 Million (€2 Million) a year.

(Additional prostitution statistics.)

Source:  Rory Mulholland, “Air France executive and wife ‘ran £2m prostitution ring through airline’,” Telegraph, April 28, 2014.

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Criminals are using exploiting holes in wireless security to steal passwords and account details from ATM machines without the need installing skimming devices.

Criminals conduct this activity by placing a “skimming” device over the card reader of a legitimate ATM and install a pin pad over the keys. When a customer would use the ATM, the skimming machine would be able to capture the customers account data as well as the pin code. Once the machine was recovered, then the criminal would  have the information needed to breach the account.

Internet security experts state that criminals are now attempting to access debit card pin numbers and account information without installing the devices by targeting the machines through the internet.

In its 2014 Data Breach Investigation Report, Verizon studied 130 incidents of ATM skimming cases in 2013. Most of the ATM breaches took place at ATM machines and at gas pumps, where many customers use their debit cards to purchase gas. According to the report, the country with the most ATM skimming cases was Bulgaria, followed by Armenia, Romania, Brazil and the United States.

Source:  Jordan Robertson, “What Happens When the ‘Internet of Things’ Comes to ATM Skimmers,” Bloomberg, April 22, 2014.

Criminal justice agencies in Bolivia recorded 35 human trafficking cases back in 2005. In 2012, the number of trafficking cases reported was 456.

In 2013, law enforcement reported 363 human trafficking cases across Bolivia, an increase of over 10 times from 2005.

Despite the number of cases handled by the criminal justice system, reports claim that there has not been a single prosecution conviction for human trafficking crimes.

Most of the victims in Bolivia are between the ages of 12 to 24.  The men who are trafficked are used in forced labor situations, while the women are forced to work as prostitutes. The victims are trafficked to Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Spain.

Source:  Mimi Yagoub, “Human Trafficking Reports in Bolivia Rise 900% in 9 Years,” Insight Crime, April 4, 2014.


A study conducted by the Mexican House of Representatives reported on the top countries in Latin American where money laundering cases occurs.

The countries and the amount of money laundered is as follows:

Brazil: $2.9 Trillion (5 percent of GDP).

Mexico: $1.1 Trillion (3.6 percent of GDP).

Chile: $268.27 Billion (4 percent of GDP).

Peru: $200 Billion (4 percent of GDP).

Ecuador: $70 Billion (4 percent of GDP).

According to an anti-money laundering expert with Grant Thornton, money launderers follow a three steps process of placement, stratification and integration.

The first step of how money launders move their funds is by placing numerous small amounts into different financial institution. Then, the funds are deposited into various accounts around the world in order to move the money further away from its original source. The final step of the laundering process is to use those funds to purchase legal assets, such as real estate.

(More cases of money laundering.)

Source:  Sergio Ramos, “Money laundering by organized crime affects regional economy,” Infosurhoy, February 11, 2014.

Criminal justice programs and agencies across Brazil reported their illegal drugs seizures for 2013.

Across the country, 35.7 tons of cocaine and 220.7 tons of marijuana were seized in 2013. In addition to the drugs, $34.1 Million in assets that were held by drug traffickers were also seized.

The border regions of Brazil has seen a large increase in crack cocaine and other trafficking activities due to its borders with Bolivia and Peru.  A kilogram of cocaine is sold for about $1,200 in the border region, but when trafficked further into the country the same kilogram of cocaine can be sold at a profit of 6 times.

(The price of coke per gram.)

In addition, drug use has increased in the border towns. According to social workers in the region, a gram of cocaine can be split up into a dozen crack cocaine rocks and sold to drug users for $0.85 (2 Brazilian Real).

Source:  Nelza Oliveira, “Acre: A drug-trafficking route becomes a consumer market,” Infosurhoy, January 21, 2014.

Security service officials state that Paraguay is the largest producer of marijuana in South America. Most of the cannabis that is produced in the country is exported to Brazil.

In 2013, the criminal justice system seized 461 tonnes of marijuana in Paraguay. The amount seized was significantly higher than the 176 tonnes of marijuana seized in 2012.

Cocaine seizures in Paraguay remained stable, as 3.3 tonnes were seized in 2013, compared to 3.1 tonnes in 2012.

(More marijuana statistics.)

Source:  “Paraguay drug seizures up by 39% in 2013,” BBC News, January 1, 2013.

A human trafficker told Time Magazine that he would purchase underage daughters directly from mothers in Brazil for $5,000 to $10,000. The trafficker stated that he primarily targeted girls in the municipality of Recife due to its poverty levels.

Once in the possession of the trafficker, the underage girl would work in the prostitution industry in Sao Paulo. The customer would pay $60 for sex with the girl. The pimp and the girl would then split the money, but then expenses for clothes, drugs and cosmetics would then be deducted. In the end, the girl receives roughly 25 percent of the amount that the customer paid.

70 to 80 percent of the customers were foreign tourists.

There are an estimated 500,000 children working as prostitutes across Brazil.

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Source:  Girish Gupta and Olivia Crellin, “Brazil’s World Cup Raises Fear of Rampant Child Prostitution,” Time, December 12, 2013.

The National Forum for the Prevention of Child Labor estimates that there were around 500,000 child prostitutes across Brazil in 2012.

The number of children in the sex industry has continually grown in Brazil. In 2001, there were 100,000 children working as prostitutes. In 2010, there were 250,000 children.

In an interview with a former child prostitute, the 16 year old girl told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that she was making about $18 a night catering to local customers. Eventually, she began targeting nightclubs and foreign tourists, where her nightly earnings increased to $90 per night.

(More black market income and earnings.)

While being interviewed at a shelter for children escaping the sex trade, the girl stated that she once purchased a fake id for $212 (500 Brazilian Reais) when a foreign tourist promised to take her to Europe.

Source:  Adriana Brasileiro, “Brazil’s child sex trade thrives as World Cup looms,” Thomson Reuters Foundation, December 3, 2013.

In the red-light district of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, an estimated 2,000 women work in the sex industry.

Vila Mimosa, an area in Rio, is estimated to generate up to $430,000 a month through prostitution. Most of the customers are local men. Women who work as prostitutes in the area reportedly charge $20 for sexual services. Some of the women also hold part time jobs as maids and cashiers in addition to their sex work in order to survive.

In total, researchers have identified 279 active prostitution points across Rio, including areas such as the world famous Centaurus club.

(More prostitution rates on the black market.)

Source:  Lauren Wilks, “Sex and survival in Rio de Janeiro’s red-light district,” Thomson Reuters Foundation, November 26, 2013.

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A report in the British publication Daily Mail interviewed children who were prostituting themselves along the BR-116 highway in Brazil.

An 11 year old girl stated that truckers and other men pick her up on the side of the road and pay her $10 (25 Brazilian Real) for sex. There were previous reports by the BBC that stated the men pay children $5.50 for sex.

According to criminal justice agencies in Brazil, there are 262 places identified along the highway that connects San Paulo and Fortaleza that is a hub for the child sex trade. Based on the distance of the highway, every ten miles of highway will have a child selling sex on the side of the streets.

It was previously estimated that up to 250,000 children are working as prostitutes in Brazil.

(More human trafficking statistics.)

Source:  Jill Riley, “The child sex slaves of Brazil’s Highway From Hell: Horrifying story of how girls as young as NINE are forced to sell themselves for just £8 a time,” Daily Mail, November 12, 2013.