Workers are driven long distances to faraway farms in Para State. The trip is paid for by the 'gato' (cat - due to their propensity to land on their feet) who recruited them to work. This is the beginning of the workers' entrapment. It is a form of modern-day slavery, implicated most often via a fraudulent debt, such as the cost of the trip from their home to the farm, used as an excuse to keep workers in the farm while they owe money to the farmer. They are forced to buy everything, from tools to food, from the farmer's shop, at inflated prices. The debt is never cleared and the workers are effectively trapped.