Lucia: Testimonies of a Brazilian Drug Dealer's Woman

Lucia: Testimonies of a Brazilian Drug Dealer's Woman

by Robert Gay
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Temple University Press


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Lucia: Testimonies of a Brazilian Drug Dealer's Woman

Favelas, or shantytowns, are where cocaine is mainly sold in Rio de Janeiro. There are some six hundred favelas in the city, and most of them are controlled by well-organized and heavily armed drug gangs. The struggle for the massive profits from this drug trade has resulted in what are increasingly violent and deadly confrontations between rival drug gangs and a corrupt and brutal police force, that have transformed parts of the city into a war-zone. Lucia tells the story of one woman who was once intimately involved with drug gang life in Rio throughout the 1990s. Through a series of conversations with the author, Lucia describes conditions of poverty, violence, and injustice that are simply unimaginable to outsiders. In doing so, she explains why women like her become involved with drugs and gangs, and why this situation is unlikely to change.

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ISBN-13: 9781592133383
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Series: Voices of Latin American Life Series
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Getting In: Lucia's House
2. Rogerio: Drug Gangs
3. Marcos: Police
4. Bruno: Prison
5. School: Education
6. Work: Economy
7. Born Again: Religion
8. Getting Out: Last Call

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Paulo Sergio Pinheiro

Rio de Janeiro is under siege. The poor communities and the favelas on the hills are submitted to a mix of terror and populism by the drug traffickers. The affluent classes live under fear of organized crime. Most of the police are involved in corruption and lethal violence. Despite this overwhelming presence, life in the favelas is not well known. Robert Gay has written a rigorous, but at the same time compassionate, study of the complex strategies for survival in those surroundings. In this outstanding book we are able to hear, through Lucia, the voice of those brave (and neglected) survivors.

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