Haitian quake survivors used as 'slaves' in building of World Cup stadium in Brazil
Thousands of Haitian refugees, who fled the devastation of the 2010 earthquake and ended up in Brazil, are reportedly being used as slave labourers in the building of a multi-million pound stadium for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
According to an investigation by the Mirror, these quake survivors work ten hours every day in a race against time to finish the new Arena Amazonia, where England will play their first match in the tournament, before the kick-off in June, and some of them are paid just five dollars a day.
The report mentioned that in 2011, thousands of desperate Haitian men headed to Brazil looking for jobs a year after the enormous quake a year earlier which killed 220,000 people and wrecked the impoverished country, following which Brazil allowed many immigrants in and gave them work permits
However, the report said that the reality shows a different face with many Haitian workers claiming that they have been duped into working for weeks in inhospitable conditions on the 170 million-pound stadium without pay, while others got a fraction of what they were told they would earn.
Trainee priest Felimon Rodriguez, who works with Haitian refugees in the city, said they often become prey to rogue recruitment companies, who often dupe the poor workers, who do not speak their language, leaving them destitute.
(Posted on 03-02-2014)