‘Slave labour still blights Brazil'29 January 2013
The Brazilian Bishops' Conference (CNBB) says that slave labour is a continuing problem in the country. In 2012, 2,273 workers were released from slave labour, an increase of 9 per cent on 2011.
Most of the cases occur in ranches in the country's Amazon region, said the bishops, though cases also occur in the more developed south.
The Church, through its Pastoral Land Commission, was one of the first organisations to draw attention to this abuse, which the Government initially denied.
In a statement issued to commemorate Brazil's national day to combat slave labour on 28 January, the bishops announced that their 2014 Lenten Campaign will focus on slave labour and other forms of human trafficking.
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