Vivo Parent Telefônica Brasil’s Contractors Found Guilty of Slave Labor Practices

The company and its contractors will be fined R$200,000 (US$53,167), but also risk being added to a “dirty list” of companies found guilty of slave labor by labor courts.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Thomson Reuters Foundation said in its latest report that the country's leading mobile company, Spanish-owned Telefônica Brasil (Vivo), and three firms in its supply chain have been found guilty of engaging in slave labor.

A panel of labor judges in Espirito Santo state ruled that Telefônica, publicly traded as Vivo in Brazil, was culpable after workers toiled in slavery-like conditions during the building of a cellphone tower in . . .

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