Brazil’s Odebrecht accused of slave labor

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The folks building the deepwater port in the island-prison are being charged with slave labor: Prosecutors in Brazil have begun legal action against a leading construction company, Odebrecht, accusing it of maintaining 500 Brazilian workers in “slave-like conditions” in Angola, (yet another blighted land where Fidel and Che failed) Prosecutors say Odebrecht committed “human trafficking” while transporting workers to a biofuel plant. They are demanding 500m reais ($220m; £130m) in compensation for workers. Odebrecht, which made out like gangbusters from its World Cup contracts, is one of the biggest contributors to Rousseff’s Worker’s Party, has 21 projects in Venezuela, where Alek Boyd notes Lula and Dilma intervened on Odebrecht’s behalf. . . .

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