New Zealand BJJ practitioner kidnapped by men wearing police uniforms in Rio de Janeiro

As the Rio Olympic Games are approaching, many people are wondering about the levels of safety in Brazil.

Recently, Jason Lee who is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner from New Zealand says he was kidnapped by men wearing police uniforms in Rio.

From NZHerald:

On Facebook, Lee wrote “yesterday I got kidnapped in Brazil.”

Lee said he was kidnapped by people in police uniforms, “not by some random people with guns.”

He added “I was threatened with arrest if I did not get in their private car and accompany them to two ATMs to withdraw a large sum of money for a bribe.

“I’m not sure what’s more depressing, the fact this stuff is happening to foreigners so close to the Olympic Games or the fact that Brazilians have to live in a society that enables this absolute bullshit on a daily basis. This place is well and truly f***ked in every sense of the word imaginable.”

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