• ISSN: 2155-7950
  • Journal of Business and Economics

A Discussion of Slave Labor at Meat Packing Industries


Edmir Kuazaqui, Teresinha Covas Lisboa, Maisa Emilia Raelers Rodrigues
(Universidade Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil)
Abstract: This article intends to introduce a category of activity — slave labor, where there is the hiring of workers without any legal ties, or honorable wages as well as labor rights and responsibilities. In this way, companies that engage in this type of activity reduce their operating costs, tax payments and increase profit margins, bringing on economic impacts, especially for the social worker as well as for society. For developing the article, qualitative research was applied to the meat packing segment, one of the sectors in the country where this harmful practice converges with society. It was concluded that the ever-growing state of development, improvement and protection of the workers is a constitutional imperative, especially because one of the foundations of the Federative Republic of Brazil is focused on the social valuation of work. Labor rights are the result of a long and arduous struggle against the dominance of archaic powers.
Key words: slave labor; meat packing industries; contemporary slavery; labor legislation
JEL code: M1

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