The Brazilian government liberated sugar cane workers from slave like conditions yesterday, according to a report on ICIS news.
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1100 people were released in the first move on a sugar cane field since 2005. A government source said:
“We are faced with a modern type of slavery through which workers have to pay their employers to keep their jobs”
The sugar cane used for ethanol production is mostly harvested mechanically, according to an industry source, so the chance of the ethanol industry being shut down is remote, the source said.
There is no excuse for using people in this way.