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Contemporary Slavery in Brazil


  • Post Date 2018-11-07T12:19:19+00:00
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Contemporary Slavery in Brazil

Contemporary Slavery in Brazil

Slavery has been officially abolished in 1888 but today, slavery takes form under coerced labour. Landowners in Brazil do not physically own slaves; instead they just threaten their workers in order to make them work. I would like for this paper to consider the state`s response to coerced labour or how social movements or NGOs have tried to intervene. Primary sources will be required (newspapers, accounts, etc) and articles are permitted as well. I have found a book, maybe it can be of some use if you are able to find a copy. It is written by Binka Le Breton and the title is: "Trapped: modern-day slavery in the Brazilian Amazon".
History: Contemporary Slavery in Brazil(Insert Name)(Institution)(Tutor)(Date) Introduction“Slavery has been officially abolished in 1888 but today, slavery takes form under coerced labor. Landowners in Brazil do not physically own slaves; instead they just threaten their workers in order to make them work.” In this modern world, slavery is still alive. The contemporary form of slavery began in the 1960`s-1970 in Brazil with the introduction of modern farming technique that called for more laborers in ranches. In the Amazon, the growth of large scale agri-business placed more pressure on the available resources and this led to massive deforestation an act that accelerated the demand for forced labor. In this effect, most men and women have been lured away from their homes in city slums with promises of working for huge ranches in the rural areas for decent wages which happens to be false. This has made them to be trapped in a system of debt bondage as upon arriving, they are presented with bills for; transportation, food and housing which is the beginning of brutality. The slaved workforces are overworked under threats with no or little pay under the guidance of a gun by collaboration landowners and corrupt federal officers. This form of contemporary slavery is prevalent in rural areas especially under cattle ranches, sugar cane industry and in the garment industry in urban centers. In all these industries, forced labor is adopted on men 15 years and above where they are forced to work for long hours without or with little pay. Mostly, they are subjected to sexual, psychological or physical violence.Slavery in BrazilThe Brazilian government has undertaken various measures to combat contemporary slavery in Brazil. The government has established the Mobile Inspection Group as well as publishing the list of all companies and farms that engages in slave labor in a dirty list. In 2005, for instance, the Special Mobile Inspection Group freed a total of 4113 slaves in Amazonian area, a number that is ever increasing since the establishment of the group i.e. from 583 in 2000 a number that is ever increasing in accordance to the Brazilian Ministry of Labor. Such farms and companies are not in a position of accessing public funds due to the restriction placed on them. Furthermore, the government has put aside a well resourced National Plan for the Eradication of Slavery which was launched in 2003 aimed at combating all forms of Forced Labor while reflecting the government renewed commitment. The Brazilian government strives to coordinates various public authority bodies including trade unions, rural workers` cooperatives; organized civil society groups (NGOs), Pastoral Land Commission (CPT), universities and various private sectors. The government has been effective in fighting slave labor through successful awareness campaigns and promoting of confidence of the public towards the system that has led to any people making complaints to the authoriti...

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