Rio Officials Focus on Illegal Van Networks

By Andrew Willis, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Recently re-elected city mayor Eduardo Paes has pledged to crack down on "mafia" groups that profit illegally off Rio’s vans. Paes announced last week that senior police official Cláudio Ferraz, will lead an “elite troop” whose task will be to map and tax the network of vehicles that currently serve as a popular public transport option throughout the city.

Cláudio Ferraz is the ex-head of the organized . . .

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