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Influencer kidnapped by Uber driver gang who ‘bled bank account and raped women’

A glam influencer has told how she was kidnapped by a gang of Uber drivers who sexually assaulted her and emptied her bank accounts.

Giovanna Pacheco Dantas, 19, was kidnapped by the gang in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Thursday, March 2, and her ordeal with them lasted for hours.

She told local media how they slapped her bottom and made death threats, putting a black cloth over her head and forcing her to give them passwords to her phone.

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She said that the gang, who target upmarket neighbourhoods, then proceeded to empty her bank accounts and send messages to her friends and family using her phone.

Giovanna explained that she got in the Uber at around 4.20am and when it stopped, two men jumped in.

"It looks like they were already following us, from what I saw after on the security cameras," she said.

"They got into the car asking for my cell phone and my purse, they took my passwords, access my bank accounts and cell phone gallery.

"They took everything and then started sending messages to my friends and family."

She added that they also said: "It would be a shame if she died because she is very cute."

Giovanna, a model and influencer with over 93,200 followers on Instagram, added: "They hit my bottom and sent my personal photos to their devices. They kept looking at my photos and calling me a hottie, for me it was abuse."

She was eventually let go by the gang but suffered a panic attack.

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Since her ordeal, she said that she has managed to recover the money they stole from her – BRL 10,000 (£1,571) – after contacting her bank.

Giovanna said she has since had to change address, because she is afraid.

The gang were eventually arrested and there was reportedly a shootout between the police and some members, but there were no injuries and the suspects were taken into custody on March 13.

The criminal gang also allegedly raped other women. The fake drivers were reportedly registered on multiple apps.

The investigations are ongoing.

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