The Brazilian Agency for the International Promotion of Tourism (Embratur) requested a police investigation for a foreign male seduction course carried out in Sao Paulo, without the consent of the women, the state agency reported Thursday.
The request to the Federal Police (PF) to investigate the US firm Millionaire Social Circle (MSC) "must be formalized next Monday" The state agency published on its Twitter profile.
"Those who disrespect our laws are not welcome in our country. Tourism for the purpose of sexual exploitation is a crime and whoever practices it will be subjected to the proper investigation, trial and punishment"Embratur said in a statement.
According to the state company, a group of women were "victims of sexual exploitation" at the end of February for a "group of foreign tourists".
The president of Embratur, Marcelo Freixo, will meet on Monday with the general director of the Federal Police, Andrei Rodrigues, to formally deliver the official letter and discuss the steps to follow.
In the note, the body cited the policies to combat tourism for the purpose of sexual exploitation, the prevention campaigns and the actions for the "reconstruction of the image of the country"a "trajectory" what was it "interrupted" by the previous government.
"Tourism generates employment, development and is essential for the image of the country abroad"under principles of "respect for human rights and democracy"Embratur stressed.
The state news service Agencia Brasil, for its part, reported that the Civil Police of the state of Sao Paulo "opened an investigation against two foreigners who claim to be ‘trainers’ of a seduction course".
"Americans Mike Pickupalpha and David Bond travel the world promoting alleged seduction techniques"reported Agencia Brasil.
In February, the Americans promoted a party in a luxurious mansion in Sao Paulo with the participation of other foreigners, supposedly students of the course, and invited women through mobile dating applications, who did not know the purpose.
Local media indicated that the courses, already carried out in the Philippines, Costa Rica, Colombia and soon in Thailand, have costs ranging between 12,000 and 50,000 dollars.
The Sao Paulo Public Security Secretariat indicated that a woman recognized herself in videos published by the organizers of the course and reported the situation to the authorities.