sectors where 638,943 children age 5-14
are in situation of forced labor (%)
Forced labor thrives in Brazil’s rural areas. Labor-intensive industries such as cattle ranching, coffee production, and forestry create a demand for cheap labor there. During the harvest season, it is estimated that up to between 40 and 50% of laborers work informally, without contract or official registration. Rural workers are most vulnerable to forced labor because of their often limited educational opportunities, informal working conditions, and unethical recruitment practices. In the rest of the country, the accelerating urbanisation has allowed for human trafficking and modern slavery to thrive, especially in the textile, construction, and sex industries. Read more.
Repórter Brasil was established in 2001 with the aim of tackling human rights violations in supply chains and work places across Brazil. It has become a leading source of information on human rights and slave labor in the country.