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Ambev and Heineken fined for slave-like labor of Venezuelan immigrants in São Paulo

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL -  Without a job, starving, with three daughters to support and a two-month pregnant wife, Andrés* was forced to make a difficult decision. He left his family behind and abandoned Caracas to swell the growing Venezuelan exodus in search of sustenance in other countries, a phenomenon that has intensified since 2018 with the soaring inflation and the economic crisis plaguing the country ruled by Nicolás Maduro.

He hitchhiked almost 1,300 kilometers from his hometown to the small town of Pacaraima, in Brazil. He walked the last 200 kilometers to the capital of Roraima . . .

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