Cracolândia: the crack capital of Brazil where addicts are forced to seek help

Critics say clearup of São Paulo district violates users' rights and is driven by business interests, yet ex-addicts back move
The Guardian (UK)
Thursday, May 9, 2013

With Brazil gripped by a crack epidemic, the authorities have launched a series of controversial initiatives. Since the start of last year, São Paulo has introduced street clearance operations by police, increased funds for rehabilitation centres and, most recently, focused more on judicial intervention and involuntary treatment. Critics argue that the policies are haphazard, shift with the political winds, often violate the rights of the users and may be driven by business demands to clean up a piece of potentially valuable land.