SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Bete speaks softly to her employers as she tries to push down her sleeves to cover her bruised arms. The red welt on her neck, however, she is unable to keep hidden.

“He gets like that when he drinks,” says the 45-year-old cleaning lady. “My daughter and I usually lock ourselves in the bathroom when we notice he is mad, but last night I couldn’t run fast enough,” she adds.

Bete, who asked that The Rio Times not use her last name, is one of the thousands of Brazilian women who are still . . .

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