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Gabriel Leão

Gabriel Leão

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Gabriel Leão is a journalist based in São Paulo, Brazil. He has previously written for Vice magazine and holds a master’s degree in communications.

Articles

São Paulo tries to combat Brazil’s rape culture

São Paulo tries to combat Brazil’s rape culture

By — February 15, 2017
On December 14, 2016, 23-year-old feminist activist Débora Soriano de Melo was bludgeoned to death with a baseball bat in a bar in São Paulo, Brazil. There was evidence that the young activist suffered sexual abuse that same night. Detectives suspected Willy Gorayeb Liger, a manager of the bar, in the assault and called for his arrest on rape charges. more »
A major player in human trafficking tries to improve its image

A major player in human trafficking tries to improve its image

By — September 26, 2016
Within the first few days after Sandra Moreno’s daughter, Ana Paula, disappeared in 2009, Moreno reached out to a TV crew a few blocks from her home in the lower-middle-class neighborhood of Carapicuíba, in the Brazilian state of São Paulo. more »
A gang rape shakes the foundations of Brazil’s entrenched rape culture

A gang rape shakes the foundations of Brazil’s entrenched rape culture

By — July 7, 2016
In May, a 16-year-old girl reported that she had been raped by at least 33 men armed with assault rifles and handguns in a favela, or slum, in the western part of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The girl said she believed she was drugged after she went to a party with her boyfriend on May 21. She woke up naked and wounded in a house, she said, surrounded by more than two-dozen men. The attack was so vicious it ruptured her bladder. more »