Elaine Patrícia Cruz reports from Agência Brasil
Edited by: Fábio Massalli / Nira Foster
Inspectors from the Brazilian Ministry of Labor have rescued 12 Haitian and two Bolivians workers from slavery-like conditions in northern São Paulo city. It was the first time Haitians were found under circumstances of this sort.
According to Inspector Elisabete Sasse, the immigrants were subjected to exhausting working hours—11 to 15 hours a day. The maximum permitted by Brazilian law is 8 hours, with a 2-hour break, or 7 hours, with one hour for resting.