By Jaylan Boyle, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Not unlike neighboring Latin American countries, the average Brazilian's daily needs are met in part by an army of the less fortunate. Street peddlers, micro-entrepreneurs and various other folk contribute to the sumptuous flavor of the region, and yet are invisible to the state.

Why this should be the case specifically in Latin America is not easy to put a finger on. It may seem obvious that poverty engenders a 'primitive' economy, but the situation is compounded by convoluted government regulation and workers who don't pay tax.

Recent measures . . .

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