MOdern-day Slavery in Brazil
62 year old worker known as "Seu Manezinho" shows his hands which have seen a lifetime of work and are missing a finger. He was one of several workers trapped in a farm in south Para where labourers were working in unfree labour conditions without any employment contract, legal status or benefits. Due to widespread unemployment and poverty, many workers risk their lives and freedom to take work in neighbouring states on farms that use unfree labour. This form of modern-day slavery is implicated most often via a fraudulent debt, used as an excuse to keep workers in the farm while they owe money to the farmer. They are forced to buy everything, from tools to food, from the farmer's shop, at inflated prices. The debt is never cleared and the workers are effectively trapped.
Photo: Eduardo Martino / documentography