An American tourist was gang raped on a public bus in Rio De Janeiro while her French boyfriend was beaten and forced to watch the attack.
Police said the attack took place over six hours starting shortly after midnight on Saturday. Three men between the ages of 20 and 22 are accused of attacking the American tourist and beating and raping her on a public transport bus.
The men accused of raping the American tourist were captured by police and linked to another rape in the same van in late March.
“The victims described everything in great detail, mostly the sexual violence,” police officer Rodrigo Brant told the Globo TV network. “Just how they described the facts was shocking — the violence and brutality. It surprised even us, who work in security and are used to hearing such things.”
The gang rape is causing concern in Rio, which will host football’s World Cup next year and the Summer Olympics in 2016. Officials have been trying to crack down on drug violence, and high-profile incidents are seen as harmful to the city’s already dangerous image.
Police were quick to remind tourists that are safe traveling in Rio.
“These type of crimes committed against foreign tourists are very uncommon,” said Alexandre Braga, the police officer leading the investigation.
After riding for a few minutes, the suspects forced the other passengers out of the van and began to gang rape the American tourist. She was beaten across the face while her boyfriend was handcuffed and beaten with a metal crowbar, being forced to watch the attack.
The suspects took turns driving, using the tourists’ credit cards to go on a spending spree. When the cards reached their limits, the suspects took the couple back to Rio and told the woman to get another credit card.
Though away from the suspects, the woman was too fearful to call police.
The men later dumped the couple by the side of a highway close to 30 miles outside of Rio.
The American tourist gang raped on the bus has since returned home while her boyfriend has remained in Rio to help with the investigation.