Brazil: loss of ‘dirty list’ sparks fears of worker exploitation as Olympics near


International Labour Organisation criticises suspension of list of firms using slave labour just as Brazil faces migrant worker influx for Olympic Games

The loss of one of Brazil’s most fundamental tools against slave labour amid the country’s worst recession in more than 100 years presents a serious risk of worker exploitation before the Olympic Games, according to labour activists.

Luiz Machado, national coordinator of Brazil’s anti-slavery programme at the International Labour Organisation (ILO), warns that the suspension of the so-called dirty list of companies caught using slave labour, combined with an extremely conservative congress and rising unemployment, creates the possibility for a rise in modern-day slavery.

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