Modern "slaves" set free

Lemos, William
July 2007
ICIS Chemical Business;7/9/2007, Vol. 2 Issue 74, p57
Trade Publication
The article reports on the Brazil's Labor Ministry's initiative to free 1,100 sugarcane workers in the northern state of Para. It is noted that workers taken to sugarcane fields in remote areas can be obliged to deduct transportation and lodging costs from their salaries, ending up owing their employers more than they earn and working as slaves to pay the debts. It is observed that a boycott of the Brazilian ethanol market over such concerns is unlikely.


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