Brazil Rescues More Than 100 Modern Slavery Victims in Nationwide Swoops

More than 500 government officials took part in 64 raids as part of the crackdown, Silva told a news conference on Thursday, which marked Brazil’s national day of the fight against slave labor.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Thomson Reuters Foundation) A maid enslaved for decades was among dozens of modern slavery victims rescued in coordinated raids across Brazil, government officials said on Thursday, January 28th, hailing the operation as a “milestone” in anti-trafficking efforts.

Most of the 140 workers freed in “Operation Rescue” were found in rural areas - many picking oranges in the central state of Goias, but several others were toiling in sweatshops in São Paulo and two worked as maids in Rio de Janeiro.

“This operation is a milestone,” said Romulo Machado e Silva, undersecretary of Brazil’s Labor . . .

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