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    How Brazil Is Destroying Anti-Slavery Laws

    Fair trade it’s not. Brazil has been a leader in eliminating modern slavery since 1995. However, President Michel Temer and many lawmakers are said to be undermining efforts to emancipate some 161,000 forced laborers. Cutting federal inspections, which have freed almost 50,000 people, soft-pedaling a public list of transgressive businesses, loosening outsourcing provisions and even lightening the very definition of slavery are, labor advocates say, putting workers at risk. Backers of the changes insist they’ll aid competitiveness, but others call them a “huge social regression” that will set human rights back 130 years.

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