Decapitated body of Brazilian journalist and blogger investigating child prostitution ring found

 Evany José Metzker is said to have been investigating a child prostitution ring

Evany José Metzker is said to have been investigating a child prostitution ring

Source: The Independent

The decapitated body of a missing blogger who was investigating a child prostitution ring has been found by police in Brazil.

Evany José Metzker’s body was found outside the town of Padre Paraíso, in the northeast of Brazil’s southeastern Minas Gerais state.

According to local media reports he had been stripped half-naked and his hands tied behind his back. His head was found 100 metres from his body.

Metzger, who maintained a blog named ‘Coruja do Vale’ (The Owl of the Valley), was reportedly investigating a child prostitution ring operating in the area.

Media rights groups, including Reporters Without Borders as well as the Minas Gerais Union of Professional Journalists, called on the Brazilian authorities to mount a “thorough” investigation into Metzker’s murder.

Metzger had travelled to Padre Paraíso three months earlier. His body was found on Monday. He had been missing for several days.

Metzger’s wife, Hilma Chaves Silva Borges, was quoted by The Committee to Protect Journalists as saying that Metzker was working in a dangerous part of the country.

“There are lots of murders here. I think that the motive, given the barbarity of his murder, was because he hit on something,” she was quoted as saying.

Brazil is the third most dangerous country for journalists in Latin America, after Mexico and Colombia, according to Reporters Without Borders.

In his blog Metzger often reported on corrupt officials and politicians.

Extra, a local daily newspaper, quoted Metzker’s family as saying the police were led to the body following an anonymous tip-off.

After years of research and a series of unpleasant experiences concerning the current child protection services system, Alec Cope decided to combat the cancerous corruption through information. Freelance writing articles as a form of protest and distributing them throughout his former high-school and local area, Alec struck special chords with whomever he was in contact with.

Alec has been involved in activism such as sit down protests as well as Idle No More gatherings. Being independent for the majority of his time, Alec became a member of the WeAreChange family to assist one of the organizations that inspired him to become active in the first place. With a larger platform and positive support Alec has committed the majority of his time to research, writing, and maintaining social media with the goal to continue expanding the awakening sweeping throughout all levels of society.

Growing up within a rural area in Northern Michigan as well as being a native American descendant, Alec is seeking to expose environmental abuse in his state as well as globally. A high-school dropout, Alec chases his passion for writing and empowering individuals while showing any isolated person that they too can overcome the odds with a community that will support them. Alec lives in the lower peninsula of Michigan near Kalamazoo.

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