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 . . .