Anonymous Targets Rio Olympics, Corrupt Officials For Ignoring Poverty, Child Prostitution

Zachary Volkert

As the Rio Olympics captivate the world, Anonymous has been targeting official Brazilian websites associated with the games as an act of protest.

Like many around the globe and in the city of Rio itself, Anonymous is standing against the government's decision to take on the costly responsibility of hosting the games instead of addressing the nation's crippling poverty and violence.

— sia az (@siamak_az) August 11, 2016

"The media sells the illusion that the whole city celebrates and commemorate the reception of tourists from all over the world, many of them attracted by the prostitution network and drugs at a bargain price. This false happiness hides the blood shed in the suburbs of the city, mainly in the favelas thanks to countless police raids and military under the pretext of a fake war. Poverty is spreading throughout the city, forcing entire families to leave their homes and traditional neighborhoods on account of high prices of rent and or removals made by a corrupt city hall and serves only the wishes of the civil construction."

— Anonymous Center (@AnonymousCenter) August 5, 2016

Furthermore, Anonymous is threatening to release material that it says will prove Rio de Janeiro's mayor Eduardo Paes and several other top officials have been involved in political corruption.

Anonymous' criticisms of the Rio Olympics echo those made in both domestic and international media. Brazil's poverty rate hovers somewhere around 20 percent, with millions in the nation living in extreme poverty -- defined as a budget under US$1.50 per day. While those numbers have been curbed by welfare programs like Bolsa Familiar, the country still confronts stark income inequality.

— Mandeep Minhas (@MMinhas) August 5, 2016

— euronews (@euronews) August 13, 2016

Matt Roper, who works for a charity which aims to pull such young girls out of prostitution, told Fox News Latino that he suspects there has been an increase in such illicit activities during the lead-up to the Olympics.

"There is certainly evidence that points to an increase in child sex trafficking because of the Olympics. We know that the activities of sex gangs who recruit poor young girls have intensified in the months running up to the start of the Games in Rio."

— MB Channel (@MariaBoedeker) August 6, 2016

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