Slave labor charge draws US team to Brazil

Dec 05, 2006 | 08:45 AM | Diana Kinch

A small group of U.S. congressmen will visit Brazilian pig iron producers this week following international reports of the use of slave labor in the pig iron sector.

"The congressmen have been invited by Brazilian foreign affairs ministry Itamaraty (Ministério das Relações Exteriores)," said Brazilian federal deputy Fernando Gabeira, a member of Brazil's Partido Verde (Green Party).

The visit follows moves by various U.S. companies that use Brazilian pig iron in their products to determine if the goods they're buying are being produced legally. The use of Brazilian pig iron has been denounced by U.S. congressmen, Gabeira said.....

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