Inspection rescues 76 enslaved workers

This week, an action carried out by the mobile inspection and combating slave labor group of the Regional Superintendence of Labor (SRTb/MG) rescued 76 workers in conditions analogous to slavery on a garlic farm in Tapira (MG), which is 400 km away west of Belo Horizonte (MG).

The tax auditors, who worked together with the Public Ministry of Labor (MPT) and the Military Police of Minas Gerais, found degrading working conditions and exhausting hours.

Employees had no fixed remuneration: they were paid according to production. Lodgings were precarious and cramped, with ten in each room.

There were only four toilets for nearly 80 workers. With no option, many of them took care of themselves in the bush, in the open air.

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According to information gathered so far, workers were illegally recruited in the north of Minas Gerais. The name of the farm or employer has not yet been released.

Work on the property was carried out from Sunday to Sunday, in shifts of more than 70 hours a week.

Employees had to pay for work tools, and not all had personal protective equipment.

No measures were taken to prevent covid-19, and employees had to share thermos bottles because there was no water replacement during the day.

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Workers who had to travel to take the vaccine against the new coronavirus had their working hours discounted, according to information gathered at the site.

After the action, the employer was notified and each farm worker received compensation of R$ 4,500 for moral damages, in addition to severance pay and guides that entitle them to three installments of unemployment insurance.

All rescued returned to their hometowns.

O Brazil in fact awaits the return of the coordinator of the Inspection Division for the Eradication of Slave Labor (Detrae), responsible for the rescue, for more information. The article may be updated soon.

Edition: Leandro Melito

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