Slaves Rescued in Brazil

Slaves Rescued in Brazil

São Paulo : Brazil | Sep 12, 2010 at 11:26 AM PDT
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Since 2002, the Brazilian government has been fighting to end slavery. The official Agencia Brasil says they recently found two farms where workers were being held in slave-like conditions.

These workers were not registered and had no access to clean drinking water or safety equipment. The government says they will be compensated.

44 workers were rescued from a cane plantation in Rio de Janeiro state and 51 were freed from a strawberry farm in Minas Gerais state.

Over 5000 slaves were rescued in 2008, but Joao Pedro Stedile, a top official at the Movement of Landless Workers (MST) believes there are four or five times more than that number that still work in bad conditions.

Marion Lougheed is based in Saint John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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