Security officials in Brazil report that many of the illegal immigrants in the country use the services of human smugglers to enter the country and then fall victim to labor traffickers.
Police highlighted a case of 80 laborers from Bangladesh were rescued from forced-labor conditions in Brazil. The 80 migrants paid a human smuggler $10,000 to be smuggled from Bangladesh to Brazil.
Official data from criminal justice programs in Brazil state that around 44,000 people have been rescued from forced labor conditions in Brazil between 1995 and 2013.
Source: Astrid Prange, “Growth makes Brazil a hub for human trafficking,” Deutsche Welle, June 4, 2013.