A Record Year: 4,133 Slave Workers Freed in Brazil

    Brazil’s Ministry of Labor and Employment’s Special Mobile Inspection Group set a record in 2005 in the number of operations to combat slave labor. 81 operations were carried out, involving the inspection of 183 rural properties and the release of 4,133 workers. A total of US$ 3 million in indemnities were paid.

    The mobile group is composed of seven teams, each including Labor inspectors and attorneys and Federal Police commissioners and agents.

    The group also receives help from the Solicitor’s Office of the Republic, the National Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform (INCRA), and the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA).

    In the last three years the group has carried out 219 operations, 170% more than during the period 2000-2002.

    Marcelo Campos, adviser in the Ministry’s Department of Work Inspection, informed that the release of workers has occurred mainly in states in which there is a forceful expansion of the agricultural frontier invading native forests.

    "The chief states in which workers were released are Pará, Mato Grosso, Tocantins, Bahia, and Goiás. These are states with a very high incidence of slave workers," he observed.

    Pará, in the Amazon region, was the state with the largest number of freed workers: 1,128 in all.

    Agência Brasil

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    • Guest

      4,000 freed, 50,000,000 to go…making a pittance like 340rs a month IS a slave´s wage.

      And I agree with the poster above, all those farm owners in MT Para, et.al have paid their bribes and are now out looking for new slaves.

    • Guest

      But what about the guilty landowners ?
      …those who enslaved the workers ?

      Not a word !
      They are probably free after having paid a fine of anything in between Reais 10.- and 1000.– !!!
      As per the same reporting news from Agencia Brasil (radiobras.gov.br), there still remain 25000 slaves.

      The problem is that early last year the government also said that 25000 slaves remain.
      This mean either they did not freed as many as reported or simply that another 4000 workers have been recently enslaved.

      Result : NO REDUCTION in 2005

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