In sweatshops, the ‘Brazilian dream’ goes awry | Reuters

A Brazilian woman browses clothes at a shop of a Bolivian immigrant in the Bras neighbourhood of Sao PauloHer 5-year-old son’s condition deteriorated, and without proper care he soon died. Still grieving, Alarconciles now questions her decision to leave her native Bolivia for Brazil, where salaries can be many times higher but poor immigrants often must settle for work in sweatshops.

“This work is not worth it,” she said on a recent Sunday as she waited to meet with an accountant who helps immigrants avoid legal problems by filing tax returns.

Despite efforts by Brazil’s government to prevent labor abuses and the tragedies that stem from them, thousands of immigrants continue to toil in illegal factories supplying clothes and other goods to some of the country’s best-known retailers, officials and immigrant advocacy groups tell Reuters.

Their stories show how one of the world’s biggest economic shifts of the past decade – the rise of large emerging markets such as Brazil – have generated new social problems that many of the countries don’t yet have the financial resources or experience to deal with properly. via  | Reuters.

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