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  • BRA070HC 2326- RN (2005.05.00.050439-7)
  • 2200,en,/case-law-doc/moneylaunderingcrimetype/bra/2006/hc_2326-_rn_2005.05.00.050439-7.html
  • Brazil
    Verdict Date: 2006-07-12
    Sentence Date : 2006-07-12
  • The defendant is the leader of a criminal organization that commits international and internal human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation, money laundering, house of prostitution and cuadrilla crimes.  

    The defendant is the main partner working at the criminal organization’s nightclubs both in Brazil and Spain. He is currently in the process of opening a nightclub in São Paulo. The defendant’s passport shows that he has entered Brazil ten times since 2004.

    In Italy, the defendant was convicted of extortion, criminal organization for purpose of drug dealing, a tax crime, falsehood, fraud, money laundering and criminal bankruptcy. 

    Moreover, the  defendant has been found to trade firearms, deal drugs, and smuggle stolen cars with the Columbians and the Italian Mafia.

    The defendant makes a great deal of profit that feeds into his luxurious lifestyle.

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  • BRA067HC 2321(2005.05.00.050376-9)
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  • Brazil
    Verdict Date: 2006-09-29
    Sentence Date : 2006-09-29
  • In the present case, the defendant was accused of being part of a criminal organization involved in international human trafficking, money laundering, house of prostitution and forming criminal group (gang). 

    Furthermore, the Corona Operation, run by the Federal Police Department, indicates that the criminal organization is affiliated with the Italian Mafia S.C.U. 

    As a member of this organization, the defendant ran a brothel and was involved with the criminal group security. Upon his arrest for this conduct, the defendant was found to be in possession of two illegal firearms and ammunition on his person.

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  • BRA059HC 2320- RN (2005.05.00.050441-5)
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  • Brazil
    Verdict Date: 2006-11-24
    Sentence Date : 2006-11-24
  • The defendant is part of a criminal organization that has committed multiple transnational crimes such as international human trafficking, money laundering, house of prostitution and cuadrilla.

    The defendant denied being part of this criminal organization by arguing that he was nothing but a simpleton and the criminals merely used his name in their dealings.

    Contrary to such claims, however, the defendant was a partner working in this organization and worked as a manager in the organization’s nightclubs.

    In addition, the Customs Office provided evidence that when the defendant and P.Q, another member of the organization, arrived in Natal, Brazil, the defendant carried thirty thousand Euros on his person and, P.Q carried  40 thousand Euros.

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  • BRA030Processo nº 2004.03.00.022133-0
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  • Brazil
    Verdict Date: 2004-06-24
    Sentence Date : 2004-06-29
  • The defendant José Luiz Viegas dos Santos had his pre-trial detention decreed because he was part of a criminal organization that promoted, in a stable and permanent way, the output of several Brazilian women for the purpose of sexual exploitation in Portugal. José Luiz Viegas dos Santos received part of the gains obtained by the sexual exploitation and by the increase in the sales of drinks of the establishment owned by him and his brother, where the women recruited worked.

    The criminal scheme was discovered trough an investigation of the Federal Police, called “Operação Alícia” (Operation Alicia).

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  • BRA003Processo nº: 98.21262-0
  • 2200,en,/case-law-doc/criminalgroupcrimetype/bra/1996/processo_n_98.21262-0_.html
  • Brazil
    Verdict Date: 1996-05-21
    Sentence Date : 1996-05-21
  • Two women were recruited in Ceará, Brazil by a trafficker who was an acquaintance of their families. The women were promised a waitress job in Paris for a monthly salary of USD 1,500. Upon arrival in Paris, there was a person waiting for them at the airport. This person took their passports and deceived them into going to Tel Aviv, Israel. In Israel, one of the women became a victim of sexual exploitation, the second woman managed to escape to the airport and contacted her family. This situation of trafficking was discovered thanks to this phone call, and also thanks to a phone call later made by the second woman to her family.

    There were two defendants in this case: one in Brazil and one in Israel. In order to allow for a faster trial, the traffickers were tried separately. The Brazilian courts only prosecuted the trafficker that was in Brazil.

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  • BRA055Habeas Corpus n 2.474- RN (Processo n 2006.05.00.28010-4)
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  • Brazil
    Verdict Date: 2006-08-23
    Sentence Date : 2006-08-23
  • The defendant was part of a criminal organization involved in internal and international human trafficking, money laundering, crimes against financial system, house of prostitution and forming criminal group. Furthermore, previous reports demonstrate that the defendant was convicted to lifelong imprisonment for committing murder in Canada.

    For these reasons, P.Q presents a threat to public safety.

    The present case is a Habeas Corpus filed by the defendant who asked for provisional release by arguing that he does not present any danger to society.

    The Court, however, considers the Habeas Corpus to be an inappropriate petition for reconsidering the evidence gathered during the criminal law suit. The Court even emphasized the fact that the defendant was convicted to lifelong imprisonment in Canada for committing homicide, and had escaped in 1972. In 1999, he was arrested in Germany and extradited to Canada and later, banished. Within this context, the Brazilian jurisprudence asseverates the provisional imprisonment of foreign criminals.

    Furthermore, the criminal procedure of the first Instance  and the criminal investigation called Corona Operation, commanded by the Federal Police, proved the fact that P.Q and his criminal organization are related to the Italian Mafia.

    As a standard to consider public safety, the Court refused the Habeas Corpus petition.

     
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  • BRA051Habeas Corpus n. 2.596 RN (2006.05.00.062316-0)
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  • Brazil
    Verdict Date: 2006-11-06
    Sentence Date : 2006-11-08
  • The defendants filed a writ of Habeas Corpus arguing that provisional release should be granted, because of the excess time of the provisional detention. The Superior Court of Justice in the statement n.52, however, considered that once the criminal procedure was concluded, any arguments relating to the excess time are suppressed. The Court emphasized that the delay in the final sentence was related to the complexities of the case, such as a high number of defendants, multiple criminal offences, different forms of evidence, etc.

    The Court refused the Habeas Corpus but stated that the case might be sentenced within 30 days by the court of first instance.

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  • BRA049Processo n 2004.61.20.001211-9
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  • Brazil
    Verdict Date: 2004-07-16
  • The defendants José Luiz Viegas dos Santos, Eliane Lázaro, V.M.V.S. and J.A.G. continuously promoted the output of several Brazilian women for the purpose of sexual exploitation in Portugal. The defendants abused of the vulnerability of the victims.The group was organized in the following way: the defendant Eliane Lázaro was responsible for the recruitment of women who would be selected by the co-defendant José Luiz Viegas dos Santos. The other defendant J.A.G. was responsible for promoting the link between women interested to work as prostitutes in Portugal with the co-defendant Eliane Lázaro. Arriving at their destination, the women recruited worked as prostitutes at the club King’s, at the Portuguese city of Viseu. It is important to note that the defendants V.M.V.S. and José Luiz Viegas dos Santos are the owners of the nightclub mentioned. The women recruited had to reimburse the expenses with tickets and stay. For that, José Luiz Viegas dos Santos received part of the gains obtained by the sexual exploitation and by the increase in the sells of drinks of the establishment owned by him and his brother.

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  • BRA075Processo nº 2004.03.00.022133-0 17015
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  • Brazil
    Verdict Date: 2004-06-29
  • A Federal Police operation called “Operação Alicia” revealed that a criminal organization engaged in selling slot machines was also sexually exploiting women in Portugal.

    As the investigations progressed, the Federal Police Chief requested the provisional detention of all those investigated.

    Documents, intercepted phone calls and witness testimonies, reveal that several women, mainly Brazilian, entered Portugal with tourist visas and ended up being sexually exploited in bars in Viseu, Portugal.

    In addition, according to the evidence acquired from the investigations, the victims entered Portugal with tourist visas and had one thousand dollars transferred into each of their bank accounts to pay for airline tickets and accommodations, none of which spurred any suspicion among the women when they arrived in Portugal.

    Moreover, the defendant confessed to owning the bar in Viseu, Portugal where the alleged exploitation was taking place. Also, the evidence shows that the defendant recruited and sent women to Portugal to be sexually exploited. 

    Moreover, the defendant is a very wealthy business man who admitted that he can easily travel in and out of the country, despite his illegal situation in Brazil and his criminal record in Portugal.

    Last, as mentioned in the court’s decision, J.L.V.S. and his brother were facing criminal charges in the Portuguese District of Santa Coma Dao for several criminal offenses, among which includes facilitating illegal immigration.

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  • BRA031Processo no. 2006.33.00.005669-9
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  • Brazil
    Verdict Date: 2006-12-18
    Sentence Date : 2006-12-18
  • The defendant was arrested at the airport while helping two Brazilian girls board the plane to Spain. The girls were promised well-paid jobs as dancers in a club in Spain, as well as free accommodation and food.  

    The defendant confessed before Court that he had organized international flights for several women, however, he denied that the women were going to work abroad as prostitutes. He explained that the girls were supposed to work as “dancers”.

    The Court concluded that the defendant was part of a criminal group specialized in sending girls abroad for the purpose of sexual exploitation. The defendant was in charge of the organization of the transfer and transportation of the girls, buying the airplane tickets and taking the girls to the airport. Evidence collected during the investigation phase showed that the defendant had purchased more than 35 flight tickets within 5 months to different destinations, such as Rome, Lisbon, Madrid, Ibiza, Milan and Porto.

    The judge found the defendant guilty.

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