BRASÍLIA (BDCi) – Modern-day slavery involves either the sale and exploitation of children, forced labor, debt bondage, human trafficking and forced or servile marriage.
Human trafficking is already one of the government’s top priorities as Brazil continues to attract migrants who could be susceptible to exploitation.
The government has been taking an aggressive approach to fighting modern-day slavery, like making supply chain companies more transparent and even creating a so-called “dirty list” to publicly name (and shame) those who are profiting from slave labor.
In 2013, 380 corporations, who account for 30 percent of the nation’s gross national product, signed the National Pact for the Eradication of Slave Labor.
Pact members use the biannual “lista suja” to identify suppliers practicing slavery in their supply chains.
Naming over 600 people and businesses, those mentioned in the list risk economic and legal sanctions if their practices are not reformed.
It is a struggle for law enforcement officials to identify victims, especially those trafficked for sexual exploitation.
To help identify and free victims of forced labor, mobile inspection squads travel all over the country, rescuing 2,254 workers in 2013 alone.