The history of agricultural wage earners in Brazil

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Progress in the struggle against impunity: Joao Canuto murder case
SEJUP (Servico Brasileiro de Justica e Paz), News from Brazil, 21 January 1998. The case against the murderers of Joao Canuto, President of the Union of Rural Workers of Rio Maria who was assassinated in 1985, is moving full steam ahead (brief).
Amorim arrested
Rio Maria Bulletin, December 1999. Jerànimo Alves de Amorim, the rancher accused of having ordered the assassination of Expedito Ribeiro de Souza, President of the Union of Rural Workers of Rio Maria, was apprehended by the Brazilian Federal Police in Mexico.
Forced-Labor System / Ranches Raided in Crackdown
By Stephen Buckley, Washington Post Service, International Herald Tribune, 28 August 2000. The century-old practice known as debt peonage, a form of forced labor, is widespread in the poorest regions. Farm laborers agree through brokers to work without benefits for a certain salary but end up owing almost the entire amount for food and services provided by employers—who often force the laborers to remain on the job.
Bonded (slave) labor in Brazil
Social Justice, 24 April 2001. Unemployed Brazilians are frequently tricked into slavery through a system of bonded labor. Agents convince them to work on isolated estates, with the promise of good wages, but once they reach the estates they are charged for the cost of the transport, their tools, food and accommodation. They are then forced to work to pay off the debt.