Vicious rapes on public buses in Rio casts doubt on Brazil's safety

A series of rapes on public buses in Rio has raised questions about Brazil's safety. Credit: ITV News

A series of vicious rapes on public buses in Rio de Janeiro has cast doubt on Brazil's ability to keep its visitors safe ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.

A young foreign couple boarded a mini-bus into the centre of town in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The other passengers were told to get off before the man was handcuffed, beaten with a metal bar and forced to watch as his girlfriend was punched in the face and raped repeatedly.

Their three attackers stopped at cash machines where they forced the couple to withdraw money.

The ordeal lasted for six hours before the pair were dumped miles outside Rio de Janeiro.

After the attack, police moved quickly and arrested three men.

Two of the three men arrested by police.

But ITV News has spoken to a local woman who claims she was raped by the same gang but ignored by officers.

ITV News Brazil Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft reports: