Crime without borders: in a special report, Istoé Magazine details how contraband operates in Brazil
How the smuggling market operates in Brazil, which causes the country to lose R $ 6,4 billion in taxes per year with only pirated cigarettes
If Brazil places a policeman on every meter of the 17-kilometer border with the ten countries with which it makes foreign exchange, most of which are cut by dirt roads - and for that it would need to have thousands of police, instead of the 3.000 it currently has - , smugglers would dig tunnels and pass their products (cigarettes, electronics, weapons and drugs) to Brazilian territory without being disturbed.
"We let the situation reach that point, but the time has come for action, it is no longer possible to accept." Edson Vismona, president of ETCO and the National Forum Against Piracy.
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