São Paulo State, Brazil: “Slavery-like” Work Conditions Still Occurring

Posted on July 14, 2013 • Filed under: Brazil, Crime, Human Smuggling, Police/Military Activity

On July 14, 2013 Folha da Região Noticias reported that conditions similar to slavery are still a reality in the state of São Paulo. Last year, 38 men and 21 women were rescued from situations of forced labor in the state. This included 51 adults, 6 children and 2 teenagers.

Moreover, the Araçatuba region has aggravated the problem due to the large number of sugarcane mills, which recruit many workers from the North and Northeast regions who are attracted by the opportunity to earn money during the harvest season for cane sugar. However, in many cases these employees are held captive in slavery-like conditions. Read Article

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