Brazil’s anti-slavery wins bring new test: how to compensate victims

As anti-slavery operations uncover more undocumented workers, officials and experts discuss ways to provide bank accounts to victims who lack official identity documents.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Thomson Reuters Foundation)  After rescuing two Bolivian women held as slaves in a home in São Paulo last year and recouping the wages they were owed, officials faced an unexpected problem: there was too much money.

The abusive employer - who recruited the women from a human trafficker then forced them to stitch clothes for two months without pay - reached a settlement with Brazilian labor authorities to hand over R$8,500 ($1,575) for each victim.

But giving the women stacks of cash to take back to Bolivia by bus was deemed a safety risk . . .

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