Robberies on Rio Beaches Worry Bathers, Spark Debate

February 6, 2015 8:32 PM

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Bianca D'Aquino adjusts her parasol to block the blazing sun and settles into her beach chair, sinking her painted toenails deep into the burning sand.

The 19-year-old used to travel hours to Rio de Janeiro's chic Ipanema beach, but a spate of mass robberies by groups of youths are keeping D'Aquino closer to home, on an artificial shoreline built on the banks of trash-strewn and polluted Guanabara Bay.

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