brazil and slave trade

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Subject: brazil and slave trade
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Mar 23 1999 - 11:36:11 EST


>
> Latin American Briefs
>
> By The Associated Press
> Sunday, March 21, 1999; 6:35 p.m. EST
>
>
> RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- The government has
>helped free 777
> people from slave labor since 1995 but hundreds more
>still work against
> their will in Brazil, a magazine reported Sunday.
>
> The Employment Ministry has set up an armed team to
>rescue enslaved
> men, women and children, said Veja magazine, which
>cited previously
> undisclosed ministry figures.
>
> The team targets the poor central and northern
>Brazilian states of Mato
> Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Maranhao and Para, where
>unemployed
> workers are attracted to farms by offers of work.
>
> Some farm owners force the people to work as long as
>15 hours a day at
> unpaid manual labor and threaten them with violence,
>even death, if they
> try to leave, said Veja, Brazil's largest news
>magazine.
>
> Though slavery was officially abolished in Brazil in
>1888, President
> Fernando Henrique Cardoso admitted in 1995 that slave
>labor continued
> and vowed to combat it.
>
> In 1998, a farm owner in Para state was given a 2
>1/2-year suspended
> prison sentence for keeping slaves. A second farm
>owner, accused of
> enslaving 220 workers in the same state, is currently
>on trial, the magazine
> said.
>

Melanie Orhant

Co-Director
Human Trafficking Program
Global Survival Network

P.O. Box 73214
Washington, DC 20009
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Email: morhant@igc.org
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