RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 20 2012 (IPS) – Today, in the 21st century, there are still tens of thousands of Brazilians subjected to slave-like working conditions. Last year alone, 2,501 workers were freed from this situation by Ministry of Labour inspectors.
Sugar cane plantation in the interior of the state of São Paulo. Credit: Nico Esteves/IPS
This is why the approval of Constitutional Amendment Proposal (PEC) 438/2001 by the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies on May 22, after a ten-year wait, was cause for celebration throughout the country.