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Combating Brazil’s Black Market

By Doug Gray, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – Every day tens of thousands of Reais of pirated goods – from computer software and DVDs to trainers and clothing – are sold on the streets of Rio. Focused around the SAARA covered market of Uruguiana in Centro, it’s a black market industry worth billions of dollars, but figures released last week show that the authorities are slowly stemming the flow.

Between 2004 and 2010, Brazilian revenue authorities confiscated over R$6 billion of . . .

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