Authorities Free People “Purchased” to Plant Onions in Santa Catarina

Brazil has passed the 55,000 mark of workers rescued from modern-day slavery, between May 1995, when the country established its system to fight this crime, and the end of the first half of 2020.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - An inspection operation rescued nine people from slavery in an onion plantation in Ituporanga, interior of Santa Catarina. Five of them were part of a group of 46 rural workers who believed in the promises of three months of good service and paid expenses advertised by a sound car on the streets of Timbiras, Maranhão.

Each one paid R$ 50 to the labor intermediator to secure the opportunity, hopped on a bus and six days and 3,345 kilometers later, reached the city in the Itajaí Valley - where farmers were waiting for them at the . . .

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