Brazil’s Anti-Slavery Rescuers Resume Raids After Coronavirus Halt


Brazilian anti-slavery rescuers have carried out their first raid after a two-month freeze due to the coronavirus outbreak, saying coffee farms will be their main priority when harvesting kicks off next month.

As Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll surges, labor inspectors wore surgical masks or face shields and adhered to social distancing as they rescued 15 people in Minas Gerais kept in slavery-like conditions to make charcoal by burning timber.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation exclusively reported in March that such operations were being suspended due to the risk of infection among workers and officials, but inspectors said their work was too important to be halted indefinitely.

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