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Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Tourism booming in Favelas

Until recently, Favelas in Rio (Brazil) have been rife with drugs and crime related violence. However, things seem to be changing in some areas as the shanty towns are becoming part of the tourist trail in Brazil. This follows a concerted effort by lawmakers to stamp out criminal activity in the illegal settlements.

The first peace-keeping police unit arrived in 2008. As a result, local business owners have seen an upturn in trade, as more and more locals and tourists use the bars and restaurants. However, this has led to a new challenge for the local business owners as new fast-food outlets are now being attracted to the area to take advantage of this change.

Watch the full BBC News report here 

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