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June 5st, 2020

STJ reinforces that slave labor does not mean only restriction on freedom

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A recent decision by the STJ do Pará represents a major victory in the defense of human dignity in the workplace. The decision is important for combating slave labor in Brazil because it reinforces and respects the concept of slave labor in article 149 of the Brazilian Penal Code, which considers degrading conditions, exhausting work hours and debt bondage as a crime of slave labor, in addition to work that is, even if the worker does not have his freedom to come and go clearly violated.

It is the promises of better wages, future improvements, or even that families are receiving help that keep many at work. These are subtle situations, permeated by cultural barriers of humiliation or demands. Veiled threats from workers or their families. The whole of the work or the total description of the scene of exploitation and violation of human dignity, should not be mischaracterized by the simple claim that he or she could leave when he wished, because the constant humiliations and shame and humanity were already there. indeed affected and subdued. In this sense, this victory shows that our legislature, is attentive to legalist maneuvers and highlights the role of the Brazilian State to promote human dignity and protect everyone and everyone from the subtle or critical violations imposed on them.

To find out about the case, go to: For the STJ, slave labor can exist even without restriction on freedom

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