US Marines Seriously Injure Brazilian Prostitute Romilda Ferreira by Throwing Her from Moving Embassy Van
American Marines seriously injured a Brazilian prostitute when they threw her out of a moving US Embassy vehicle in the South American nation’s capital.
MailOnline reports that Romilda Ferreira suffered a broken collar bone, two broken ribs and a punctured lung as a result of the incident, which happened last November in the capital city of Brasilía.
Three US Marines assigned to a US Embassy security team, as well as an embassy staff member, were all whisked out of the country before Brazilian authorities were able to press charges against them.
The incident came to light when US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta traveled to Brazil and was questioned by a local reporter during a press conference.
Brazilian police claim that the three Marines and the embassy staffer visited a nightclub in central Brasilía frequented by prostitutes. One of the Americans and at least one prostitute left the club in a taxi; Ferreira and another woman got into the embassy van with the three other men.
A disagreement allegedly ensued about how much the women would be payed; at that point a Marine pushed Ferreira out of the moving van. She tried to hold on to the door but ended up getting dragged under the van’s wheels.
“I tried to get up and grabbed the doorknob,” Ferreira, who is 31 years old, told Jornal Nacional. “That was when they told the driver to go. Then I felt my leg burning. I let go and fell underneath the van. I hit my head and passed out.”
The Americans allegedly fled the scene without offering their victim any help.
Police requested the arrest of the van’s driver as well as one of the Marines, but US officials quickly moved to remove them from Brazil before they could be charged in connection with the incident.
Secretary Panetta told reporters that two of the Marines were punished with rank reductions, while the embassy staffer was removed from his post. Panetta also said that the embassy had paid for Ferreira’s medical expenses.
“This incident was fully investigated and all those involved were punished. They are no longer in this country. This type of behavior is unacceptable,” Panetta told reporters. He added that the US has “no tolerance for that kind of conduct. Where it takes place you can be sure that we will act to make sure that they are punished.”
Ferreira is still recovering from her injuries and says she intends to sue the US Embassy.
This latest revelation of Americans behaving badly comes hot on the heels of a major scandal in which a dozen Secret Service agents allegedly hired prostitutes in Cartagena just before President Barack Obama arrived in the country to attend the Summit of the Americas.
For a TV Globo (Brazil, in Portuguese) report on the Romilda Ferreira scandal, click here.
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