It's 2020 not 1720
Dozens of workers caught on one plantation in the August raid - Alvorada do Canta Galo farm - told labor inspectors that the owner had provided them with no safety gear, food nor water. “With what we earn, we can’t afford to buy (boots),” said 55-year-old Maria Helena Marques. “We pay rent, gas, food, water, power. What’s left? They give us nothing.” More than 50 workers found at Canta Galo were judged by labor inspectors to be victims of slave labor. The owner of the farm, Jose Maria Domingos da Silva, declined to comment. Days later, he struck a deal with labor prosecutors - paying a fine to the state and compensation to the victims, and vowing to improve conditions to avoid the risk of being prosecuted. Workers said they were paid R$14 ($3.43) for every 60 litres of beans they picked, which for some could take a day of work. One woman earned R$ 672 ($164) for 43 days work - about R$2 (49 cents) an hour. Inspectors found many other workers who were earning less than the legal minimum of R$998 per month.