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Brazil Relaxes Definition of Slave Labor Amidst Criticism

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - The government of Brazil announced on Monday (October 16th) that it was changing the definition of slave labor in the country. The decision was met with criticism from politicians, labor entities, human rights advocates and even the United Nation’s International Labor Organization (ILO).

"Brazil, as of today, is no longer a reference in the fight against slavery that was being held in the international community," said Antonio Rosa, ILO representative in Brazil and coordinator of the Program to Combat Slave Labor told reporters.

The new rules determined by the . . .

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