Brazil Ramps Up Efforts to End Scourge of Slavery
Despite Brazil’s political and economic achievements, persisting inequalities have allowed the practice of slavery to continue, with around 200,000 people trapped by debt bondage. Since 2004, a massive campaign, akin to the one against blood diamonds, has put pressure on companies to sever ties with businesses that practice slavery. To that end, Brazil is closing in on a new constitutional amendment targeting slaveholders where it hurts the most — the pocketbook. If passed, they will have to give up all of their property, including their slaves.