Couple in Brazil charged after woman allegedly held as slave for years at family mansion

The invention of a home employee saved as a slave in a mansion in a rich a part of Sao Paulo for years has surprised Brazil, with labour prosecutors in quest of a big R$1 million in damages because the case moved to court docket.

The 61-year-old girl rescued by way of labour government final month labored for a similar circle of relatives since 1998, and was once discovered dwelling in a garage shed outdoor the mansion. Labour government requested for the identify of the Brazilian girl not to be shared.

Courtroom paperwork stated for months on finish the girl was once now not allowed into the mansion, slept on a sofa, and had to make use of a bucket for a bathroom. She trusted a neighbour for meals and different fundamentals and didn’t have a holiday day in 22 years.

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The couple who reside in the home, Mariah Corazza Barreto Ustundag and her husband Dora Ustandag, and Sonia Regina Corazza, Mariah’s mom and proprietor of the valuables, have been charged with retaining a employee in slave like stipulations.

They may now not be reached for remark.

The rescue surprised Brazilians with many taking to social media the place Mariah Ustundag was once recognized as an govt for Avon. She was once fired by way of the wonder corporate on June 26, Avon stated.

Avon stated that they’re going to supply help to the sufferer.






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“The Avon Institute … made up our minds to supply enhance to the sufferer, with mental help, cost of 1 yr’s hire in a location selected by way of her and the acquisition of home items,” the corporate stated in a observation to the Thomson Reuters Basis.

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In a gap observation to court docket, government echoed the surprise the case had on Brazilian society.

Ultimate yr Brazilian hard work inspectors discovered 1,zero54 employees in slavery like stipulations. Up to now 25 years, greater than 54,000 folks have been sufferers of slave labour.

“What’s astonishing is that even after greater than 20 years of labor, the defendants advanced no empathy (in opposition to the sufferer),” hard work prosecutor Alline Pedrosa Oishi Delena and federal public defender Joao Paulo Dorini stated in a observation.

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“That they had the braveness to place her in that abject room, with none stipulations, after 22 years of home paintings.”

In Brazil, slavery is outlined as pressured hard work however this additionally covers debt bondage, degrading paintings stipulations, lengthy hours that pose a well being possibility, and paintings that violates human dignity.

Of their opening observation, Delena and Dorini made a case for R$1 million in damages — described as an surprisingly great amount for a unmarried rescued employee — mentioning the degrading stipulations the girl was once subjected to.

Government additionally requested for R$300,000 in damages to be paid to the Brazilian state. The circle of relatives may additionally face prison fees of slavery that lift as much as 8 years in jail.

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In keeping with prosecutors, the girl had won no pay since February. Ahead of that, she was once paid about R$300 a month, lower than Brazil’s minimal salary of R$1,045.

After years of mistreatment, the employers deserted the sufferer within the mansion with out telling her they have been shifting out, stated Delena and Dorini.

“(She had) no selection in existence rather then serving the defendants, as some way of making sure survival. In truth, a survival that was once continuously underneath risk,” stated Delena and Dorini of their observation to court docket.




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