This is exacerbated by the fact that many shantytowns border nicer cities (like Rocinha and Zona Sul). Children see the stark difference between classes., The rich led the "good life"
200,000 claimed Newsweek in '92
Children are contracted to do the "dirty work" of gangs
"Street children" who are girls are especially vulnerable to be attack: physically and sexually
Orphaned/troubled children are sent here and treated horribly.
Cyclical, depending on who was running the gangs at the time
Different for everyone depending on race, class, sex
Drugs and gangs are synonymous
Appeal, Offer a sense of belonging, Money, Escape from poverty
Local gang leaders are more accepted, Police will work with them, Handle "insider" business, Getting rid of people the police cant