It’s well known that in Brazil there are lots of places where favelas are spread out around important cities and even in some minor ones. I can cite as a main example the city of Rio de Janeiro, perhaps the most known touristic Brazilian city, in which almost all regions there’s at least one shantytown.
|Aerial view of Rio de Janeiro and its "Favelas"|
In Rio, there are more than 400 shantytowns (nowadays Brazilian media has been calling favelas as "communities”), the most known internationally is “Cidade de Deus” (City of God, which one was made a film about). There is also “Vigário Geral”, “Rocinha”, “Complexo da Maré” and “Complexo do Alemão”. In Sao Paulo there are more than 100 favelas but they are smaller than Rio’s; the bigger one is “Favela do Paraisópolis”, located in one of the richest neighbourhood of the city – Morumbi.
What surprises me is why governments allow favelas to scatter around the cities! Favelas are always used as hideouts for bandits; it’s a place where drug traffickers can do business freely; it’s a site where the master trafficker dealer imposes his law.
|Trafficker holding a machine gun in Rio de Janeiro|
Of course, there are lots of good people living in such a location but it is the minority. Most of persons, who live there, have conditions to pay for a monthly mortgage payment but they do not do it because in favelas they pay NOTHING to live. I mean, they do not pay for using water, electricity and others governments fees, so, why would they get out of a shantytown if living there they can do what they want and do not pay a penny for it? The problem is that we – the called middle class – have to pay for them!
|"Paraisópolis" shantytown - a world of contrasts|
In Rio, there’s tourism to visit favelas! It’s weird, uh? The taxes tourists pay go straight to the traffickers! Then, I can assume that when a tourist come to Rio and pay a fee to run throughout a favela he/she is not only encouraging crime as well as being supportive of there way of living.
In Brazil - always - the middle class that works a lot and pay for every taxes and bills, also has to pay for the tramps that live in shantytowns!