Modern-day Slavery in Brazil
A worker recently escaped from slave-like labour conditions on a farm in Para shows the Ministry of Labour's grupo movel (mobile unit) the way into the farm. It is vital that an ex-worker accompanies the Grupo Movel, as locations are often very remote and difficult to access, but for safety reasons the worker must conceal his identity. 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.