Despite its libidinous carnival, sexy music and skimpy clothes, Brazil is also a deeply conservative and religious country — and it is currently witnessing a culture war between those two sides of its national character. In September, a deluge of online protests and small yet vocally aggressive pickets by evangelical Christians and rightwingers scared the multinational Santander bank into closing an uncompromising gay art exhibition called Queer Museum in Porto Alegre. This time the publicly run museum held firm , but the noise did not die down. Both curators were later summoned to an inquiry in the Brazilian senate. The fierceness of the protests prompted the MASP to take legal advice before even opening its current and long-planned exhibition Histories of Sexuality. For its first two weeks only overs were admitted.
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By Matt Roper In Brazil. Police are investigating after shocking claims underage girls in a Brazilian town are being offered as prizes in raffles and games of bingo. In the world's sickest competition, depraved men in Encruzilhada, northeastern Brazil, are buying raffle tickets in which the winner gets a young girl to abuse, according to a local charity. A number of the raffles have also taken place offering virgin girls as prizes, with tickets sold at 'significantly' higher prices, it is alleged. Scroll down for video. Depraved: Men meet weekly and take part in the raffle where young girls, like the ones pictured here, are raffled off as prizes for paedophiles to sexual abuse. Investigation: Police in Encruzilhada, northeastern Brazil, are probing claims the town has hosted illicit raffles and games of bingo where the prize is to rape girls as young as The organisation, which works with victims of sexual exploitation in the region, said the sick games happen 'in the light of day' and with the 'knowledge of most people - even the police. Local lawyer Michael Farias, who investigated the raffles, told MailOnline that the competition is so well known that men came from surrounding towns in the region, in the south of Brazil's state of Bahia. He said: 'The gang would produce the numbered tickets with the young girl that was up for grabs.
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