posted on May, 31 2008 @ 07:49 AM
There are still people kept as slaves in Brazil, 120 years after slavery was banned.
RIO DE JANEIRO
Just in the last week over 50 persons have been set free by the brazilian government.
The latest event occured friday morning when 7 people was set free from what was described as unworthy working-conditions on a coffee-plantation in
Minas Gerais, Brasil. They lived in huts without power, water or sewage, and expenses for the food the ate was drawn from the lousy paid they
recieved. The conditions on the plantation are decribed as inhumane.
Brazilian authorities takes the problems seriously and have created an organ that fights slavery in the country. Own inspection-groups go to action on
a regular basis, but the results are grim.
The departments overview shows that 28.786 people are released from slavelike working-conditions since 1995. Til may 7th this year 1019 slaves have
been freed i 23 different missions.
The conditions are espessially bad in Parà. The workers are forced to do laber in remote places, and only coinsidences determin if it is
This week Amnestys yearly raport on human rights came, and modern slavery is one of the points Brazil has to take harsh criticism for.
The brazilian department of labor has its own overview over companies that exploit workers so gross that it can be called slavery.
The overview was updated may 6th 2008, and contains 179 companies.