Bound By Promises: Contemporary Slavery in Rural Brazil

Center for International Justice and Law, Comissio Pastoral da Terra, Witness. 2006. Brazil. vo Brazilian Portuguese, English. s English. 17’

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Every year, more than 25,000 workers are enslaved by landowners in rural Brazil, mostly in the Amazon region. This video tells the story of men who set out in search of work and are taken to isolated ranches, only to find that they have been lured into debt bondage. Forced to do backbreaking work and to live in overcrowded shacks with no running water, they are treated like animals. “A bullet from my shotgun is what you have a right to here”, one worker was told. With no way out, they toil in the hope of buying back their freedom.