Security & Strategic Review - October 2022

BRAZIL: ‘Milícias’ expand hegemony in Rio de Janeiro

A new study in Brazil lays bare the growing influence in Rio de Janeiro of ‘milícias’ – mafia-like paramilitary groups which initially emerged as a counterforce to the drug trafficking organisations (DTOs) that control the city and wider metropolitan region’s favelas, but which are now a criminal force in their own right.

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