By Zoë Roller, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Rua Uruguaiana in Centro is known to Cariocas and savvy tourists as one of Rio's best bargain shopping destinations. The popular market, a labyrinth of tiny stalls selling electronics, clothing, and media, has recently become a target of investigation into militia extortion, counterfeiting and even illegal immigration.

It was created in 1994 to provide street vendors in Centro with more formal commercial spaces. Vendors at Uruguaiana often come into conflict with the . . .

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