Brazil is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. Brazilian law defines trabalho escravo, or slave labor, as forced labor or labor performed during exhausting work days or in degrading work conditions. Some Brazilian men, and to lesser extent women and children, are subjected to trabalho escravo and debt bondage in rural areas, including in ranching, agriculture, charcoal production, logging, and mining...Brazilians are also found in trabalho escravo in urban areas in construction, factories, and the restaurant and hospitality industries.
bringing awareness to TENS OF THOUSANDS OF enslaved RURAL WORKERS
Poverty, illiteracy, and unemployment in the rural areas make people desperate for work and susceptible to traffickers. The workers are often held in debt bondage and threatened with violence. It is often impossible for them to escape from the isolated farms, deep in the Amazon forest.
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