Elize Matsunaga Biography Recounts Sexual Abuse and Life as a Prostitute in São Paulo

Sex is the background of the book about ex-prostitute convicted of killing and dismembering her husband

São Paulo

At the age of 15, Elize Araújo was rescued by the Federal Highway Police in Gravataí (RS) in an operation to combat the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents on the roads.

It is alleged that her stepfather took her away from her Chopinzinho (PR) home in 1996 and sexually abused her.

Alone and penniless, she survived in the illegal sex trade involving minors along highways.

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Elize Matsunaga - Divulgação

Such accounts of teenage sexual abuse and exploitation and youth prostitution are the backbone of journalist Ullisses Campbell's book "Elize Matsunaga, the Woman Who Dismembered Her Husband."

The book reconstructs Elize's trajectory in the sex market, from a prostituted girl to a popular call girl on luxury escort websites.

Campbell reconstructs the story based on the criminal trial of Elize, who is serving a sentence in a semi-open regime at the Tremembé Penitentiary (SP) for the murder and concealment of the body of her husband, businessman Marcos Matsunaga, in 2012.​

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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