Modern-day Slavery in Brazil
A worker and his wife celebrate the arrival of the Ministry of Labour's grupo movel (mobile unit) in the charcoal producing farm where they had been living and working. Even when workers are not kept in completely miserable conditions they often welcome the grupo movel's presence because they know that their legal rights will be guaranteed. In this farm the workers are kept in degrading conditions without holidays, breaks, sanitation, drinking water or proper food. The manager deducts the costs of everything, from tools to food, from the workers salaries, so when the grupo movel analyses their situation, they always receive fair amounts of cash related to the time they worked in irregular conditions.
Photo: Eduardo Martino / documentography