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Rio de Janeiro pays youth who leave drug gang jobs
Associated Press
2011-12-09 03:01 AM
The city government of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil says it will pay youth who worked for drug traffickers to go back to school.

The benefit was announced Thursday by city officials speaking to the O Globo newspaper. It will expand an existing plan that gives $20 to 134,000 families that earn less than $40 per capita a month.

The city would give $42 a month to youth leaving employment with drug gangs if they show regular school attendance. Officials estimate about 9,000 young people will benefit.

The city will help about 1,600 handicapped youth, on the same terms.

These students also will be eligible for the bonus of $25 offered every semester to all young people in the program who improve their grades.

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