212 Brazilian land workers held in ‘slave’ conditions freed

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On Friday, inspectors from the Ministry of Labor of Brazil.

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The inhumane conditions under which these individuals were employed workers of land came to light thanks to inspections carried out on farms in the states of Minas Gerais (southeast) and Goias (central west), the Ministry of Labor announced.

The announcement emphasizes that, after yesterday’s intervention, 890 workers were held in inhumane conditions and released this year.

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According to the same source, employers did not provide food to the workers, made them pay for the tools they used and for their accommodation in unsanitary quarters. Alongside they were leaving them exposed to toxic productssince they were not given protective equipment.

Federal police have launched an investigation into the case.

In Brazil, cases of modern slavery are usually found in agricultural activities, such as sugar cane and coffee plantations, but have also been reported in urban centers. The majority of the victims come from deprived areas in the north-eastern part of the country.

Last year, Brazil’s labor ministry announced the release of 2,075 modern-day slaves, the most since 2013 – when 2,808 were recorded.

Source: News Beast

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