Operation rescues 42 workers in conditions similar to slavery in the south of Minas | South of Minas

Operation rescues 42 workers in conditions similar to slavery in the south of Minas | South of Minas
Operation rescues 42 workers in conditions similar to slavery in the south of Minas | South of Minas

An operation by the Public Ministry of Labor (MPT) rescued 42 workers in conditions similar to slavery in three cities in the south of Minas. The rescue was carried out during actions carried out in recent weeks in Minas Gerais, with the support of the Federal Public Defender’s Office, Federal Public Ministry (MPF), Federal Highway Police (PRF) and Federal Police.

Of the total number of workers rescued in the region, 25 are in Delfinópolis, 10 in Santa Rita do Sapucaí, and seven in Andradas.

The operation also took place in other regions of Minas Gerais, such as Triângulo and Alto Paranaíba. In total, 207 workers were rescued in seven cities in Minas Gerais, including the action in Sul de Minas.

The workers worked with extracting corn husks to manufacture cigarettes, harvesting garlic and harvesting potatoes, harvesting coffee.

1 of 2 Operation rescues 42 workers in conditions similar to slavery in the South of Minas — Photo: Disclosure/MPT

Operation rescues 42 workers in conditions similar to slavery in the South of Minas — Photo: Disclosure/MPT

In delphinopolis, the operation was carried out on August 22. Among the 25 rescued, two were minors. The workers were in an overcrowded house that served as accommodation, with the risk of an electrical accident.

These workers were recruited in Pompéu to work in the removal of corn husks, but, according to investigations, they were not receiving wages. In addition, they had to buy their own tools.

In the case of minors, they could not work since the service is considered one of the worst forms of child labor due to hazardous work, with sharp objects and exposure to solar radiation and cold.

In Santa Rita do Sapucaithe operation took place on the 16th, when ten people were rescued in degrading conditions, in a precarious environment, with no place to store food and with signs, including, of debt bondage.

2 of 2 Operation rescues 42 workers in conditions similar to slavery in the South of Minas — Photo: Disclosure/MPT

Operation rescues 42 workers in conditions similar to slavery in the South of Minas — Photo: Disclosure/MPT

According to the MP, these workers rescued in Santa Rita do Sapucaí were migrants from Caetanos (BA) and would have come to the south of Minas to work in the coffee harvest. They had to pay for their own tickets and personal protective equipment (PPE), which must be provided by the employer.

The investigations point out that the necessary products that they bought in a supermarket were deducted directly from their salaries, which characterizes an indication of debt bondage.

In andradas, seven workers from the same family in Aracatu (BA) were rescued. They would be without wages, with no prospect of leaving and would also be charged for the material they used for the service.

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