Con­tro­ver­sial ap­point­ment:

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A politi­cian who less than two years ago was con­victed of the sex­ual abuse of a teenager has been ap­pointed to congress. Ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors, Nel­son Nahim, 60, was a reg­u­lar client of a ring in Rio de Janeiro state that held chil­dren cap­tive, drugged them and forced them to have sex. In 2016, he was sen­tenced to 12 years for sub­mit­ting a 15-year-old to pros­ti­tu­tion/sex­ual ex­ploita­tion, rape and in­tim­i­dat­ing be­hav­iour. He was re­leased on ap­peal af­ter four months, and in­sists he will prove his in­no­cence. His ap­point­ment has caused dis­gust in Brazil, a coun­try where hun­dreds of thou­sands of chil­dren are in­volved in pros­ti­tu­tion. “It pro­vokes nau­sea and vomit,” read one post on Face­book.

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