Nearly 40,000 Brazilians victims of forced labour: ILOMay 14th, 2011 - 7:22 pm ICT by IANS
Brasilia, May 14 (IANS) Around 25,000 to 40,000 Brazilians are victims of forced labour, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has said in its latest report, Prensa Latina reported.
The report said Brazil still has a long way to go before achieving an equal society, even as the country celebrates the 123rd anniversary of the abolition of slavery.
Issues such as unequal access to education and forced labour still persist in Brazil, the report said.
Access of blacks to higher education has increased over the years but the number of graduates among the whites is double than those of the black community.
Conditions of slavery are frequent in agricultural regions in the north of the country, where official supervision was difficult, the report said.
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