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Wednesday, 24 July, 2002, 15:09 GMT 16:09 UK
Brazil's rainforest slaves
Deforestation of the Amazon
The remains of an Amazon rainforest
In Brazil's Amazon Frontier, modern slaves are trapped in debt bondage and forced labour.

They cut down the rainforest to make way for cattle ranches.

The landowners enjoy impunity, and are free to export their beef to the UK.

Olenka Frenkiel travels to Brazil to see for herself how men are bought and sold for their labour.

The fight against slavery is on. Olenka joins a federal squad on a raid of a ranch.

But can Brazil keep its promise to get rid of slavery by the end of next year?

Crossing Continents - Brazil: Thursday 1 August 2002 on BBC Radio 4 at 1100 BST.

Repeated on Monday 5 August 2002 on BBC Radio 4 at 2030 BST.

Reporter: Olenka Frenkiel
Producer: Arlene Gregorius
Editor: Maria Balinska

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