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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The rescue of 39 slaves from an illegal gold mine in Brazil run by a known offender highlights the difficulty in ending crimes where large profits are involved, labor authorities said.

Labor inspector Magno Riga said a team raided a mining operation this month run by Raimunda Oliveira Nunes - who is on Brazil’s “dirty list” of people engaged in slave labour - where workers lived in open sheds and without drinking water.

It was the third raid on an illegal mining operation run by Nunes - this time with two relatives in the northern state of Para . . .

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