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Self-regulation to fight Brazilian slavery called for

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Brazil’s agribusiness industry should adopt a strategy of self-regulation to eradicate modern-day slavery, according to a United Nations agency official leading anti-slavery work in South America’s largest country.

Antonio Carlos de Mello Rosa heads the International Labour Organisation’s modern-day slavery work in Brazil and told this site agribusiness firms should implement self-regulation to fight slavery.

Historically, agriculture and cattle-raising sectors in Brazil account for the largest proportion of slave labour claims, according to Rosa who cited reports by national labour inspectors.

And after the country’s biggest meatpacker JBS faced allegations of buying cattle from a farm under investigation for labour abuse, Mosa told this site big companies should do more.

Ending child labour

There is an important role to be played by the employers responsible for specific economic sectors where the incidence of slavery is higher. The solution is to establish and implement procedures of self-regulation and monitoring of production chains, aiming at the eradication of human rights violations, such as forced labour and child labour.

Alongside self-regulation, Mosa wants more labour inspectors and investment in vulnerable communities, strengthen their capacity to generate income and create decent working opportunities.

Mosa supports Brazil’s government in advancing the fight against serious violations of workers human rights, but he said the scale of modern-day slavery in the country is hard to ascertain. “It is difficult to know exactly the dimension of this problem not only because it is a crime, but also due to the current lack of resources and personnel to cover all of the national territory.”