The Olympics are a time where countries pull together to showcase the best athletic ability their country has to offer on an international stage. It’s more than sports, it’s more than teamwork, it’s the pinnacle of bragging rights. It is a display of the best skill, labor, talent, ingenuity, and resources that a nation has to offer.

The competition extends far beyond the athletes. Nations battle it out for years in a bid to host the coveted sporting event every four years. Sometimes, countries go to DRASTIC measures in an effort to secure the money, contracts, advertising dollars, and bragging rights that accompanies hosting the Olympic Games.

In this video, Vox exposes the brutal and inhumane lengths that Brazil went through to prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Hold your breath as you watch: