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25 year old Francisco da Silva Santana says he was being kept in conditions akin to that of a slave in his last employment. The Ministry of Labour's grupo movel (mobile unit) planned to raid the farm but the farmer was tipped-off about the raid and sent all the workers away beforehand to avoid being caught by the law. Francisco is now waiting in a cheap hotel, paid for by an NGO supporting workers, while a settlement with the farmer is being worked out between the NGO's and the farmer's lawyers. Francisco has no money to go home. Due to widespread unemployment and poverty, many workers risk their lives and freedom to take work in neighbouring states on farms that use unfree labour. This form of modern-day slavery is implicated most often via a fraudulent debt, 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.