Left: A member of a local timber union
inspects the trees that were logged down in a farm in south Para, during an
operation alongside the inspectors from the Ministry of Labour.
Middle: The Ministry of Labour’s
inspectors are developing a pioneering activity, linking the exploitation
of poor workers making charcoal at the edges of the Amazon forest, in one
side of the production chain, to profitable pig-iron producers in the other.
Here they are inspecting a big company in Para. The managers of this company
were arrested the following day, as the Federal Police found over 50 truckloads
of illegal charcoal in the company’s premises, destined to pig-iron
production. The company was also fined heavily by the environmental agency
Right: The authorities raided a charcoal
producer in south Para and arrested its manager. He was taken to the police
station and forced to pay all the unpaid salaries. He will have to face criminal
charges for keeping workers in slavery-like conditions and for logging down
the rain forest in the Amazon.