Modern-day Slave Labor Still Abounds in Brazilian Coffee Industry

Despite increasing calls for its eradication, worker exploitation is still widespread on Brazilian plantations.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of coffee and half of the crop is produced in Minas Gerais. However, the state’s coffee industry has come under increased scrutiny due to widespread worker-exploitation and slave-like working conditions, according to a Thomas Reuters Foundation investigation's findings.

Investigations into illegal labor practices have increased over the last few years, but are still nowhere near the level needed to eradicate the issue. As well as subjecting desperate Brazilians to horrendous conditions, this practice threatens the business itself, with the scandal potentially reducing demand for Brazilian . . .

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