Brazilians Who Use Slave Labor Will Have Land Expropriated

For the first time in the Brazil’s history, workers rescued from slave labor conditions will be able to count on government financial help to sustain themselves as rural producers.

The new credit line is called Land for Freedom and is one of the measures included in the Plan for the Eradication of Slave Labor, launched yesterday by the Brazilian Ministry of Agrarian Development (Ministério do Desenvolvimento Agrário, MDA) and the National Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform (Instituto Nacional de Colonização e Reforma Agrária, Incra).


The plan is based on three main lines of action: the prevention and suppression of slave labor and the insertion of workers who were at one time victims of this type of labor regime.


In the area of prevention, the government intends to expropriate rural properties where slave labor is discovered and use the land for agrarian reform.


Credit lines, which are part of the National Program for the Strengthening of Family Farming (Programa Nacional de Fortalecimento da Agricultura Familiar, Pronaf), will be offered .


In the opinion of the Special Secretary for Human Rights, Nilmário Miranda, preventive actions will be the government’s priority.


“What is missing is precisely the social incorporation and inclusion of these individuals. This is the major challenge,” the Minister says.


In the sphere of suppression, the State, in partnership with the Ministry of Labor, will intensify its verification of land registers and the social function of rural properties that are on the government’s black list of companies and individuals that employ slave labor.


These rural properties – where there are indications that the social function of labor has been violated by the exploitation of slave labor – will be expropriated and used for agrarian reform.


Individuals or legal entities involved in the exploitation of this kind of labor will also be prohibited from participation in MDA and Incra bidding processes and denied access to Pronaf funds.


Agência Brasil

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

A Brazilian bishop takes a picture of the pope

Pope Pans in Brazil Media and Aggressive Proselytism of Evangelical Sects

World's most catholic country finally got its own saint. Pope Benedict XVI canonized, Friday, ...

Marina for President of Brazil? Great, She’s Green! And She’s a Born Again

When Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva started showing signs that his presidential ...

US Thirst for Assai Gives the Brazilian Fruit a Big Boost

Fruit from the state of Pará, in the North of Brazil, are pleasing the ...

My Family Helped to Bring Football to Brazil

It was the 25th birthday of a German, Johannes Minneman, which brought together the ...

Brazil on Course to Reach US$ 33 Billion Surplus

Brazil is very close to reaching the trade balance surplus forecasted for 2004. The ...

Brazil Intent on Becoming a Major Competitor on World Tourism

A plan to increase the competitiveness of Brazilian tourism on the world market was ...

Brazil Boosts Its World Ranking in Business Tourism from 21st to 14th Place

Business and events tourism, encompassing fairs, congresses, and conventions, is a segment that is ...

For This Brazilian Entrepreneur Exporting Commodities Is a Dead End

Brazil as any other developing country must increase and add value to its exports, ...

Fair Trade and Organic Cotton Opened the World to This Brazilian Company

Based in Petrópolis, a city in the Brazilian southeastern state of Rio de Janeiro, ...

Brazil Repeats Record Performance in Soy Production

Brazil's favorable weather and the priority ascribed by farmers to planting soybean in the ...