Independent from Long Beach, California on January 23, 1975 · Page 55
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 55

Long Beach, California
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Thursday, January 23, 1975
Page 55
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i.M, WJ " w~ ·*;···!*" ·£*V^^"ir%K^I^^¥ · -ranging Brazilian 'cat' traps his 6 mice' By ftlLLUM R. LONG "RIO" DE J A N E I R O , Brazil.(AP) - What they call a "cat" in Brazil's Wild West is a wide-ranging employment agent who Delivers workers to ranches being carved out of the Amazon jungle. _-Th£ -workers he rounds up 'aifd hands over for ;Fees of up to $150 a head ·i- paid by the rancher -are becoming known as ·'white slaves." - They are not to be contused with the w h i t e slaves defined by Webster's 1 D i c t i o n a r y as women "held unwillingly for the purposes of commercial prostitution." The Brazilian victims are poor, often illiterate peas- Jmt men, usually from the ·nation's dry and crowded Northeast region. H- The peasants are enticed, into the Amazon by the.-cat's promise of de- cent working and living conditions and steady pay for cutting back trees and tending cattle or crops. Those who go probably dream of building up a stake of money to return with or to buy their own piece of Amazon land. Many take their families. THE CAT PUTS them on trucks, pays for their meals along the way and perhaps gives them some work clothes. When the peasants arrive at their new home they are already hi debt to the ranch for the travel expenses. And they soon may go deeper into debt to the ranch's kitchen and its company store. The debt often eats up most or all of the monthly pay, generally less than $50 for a Brazilian ranch hand. If the wages are lower t h a n expected, or the working conditions rough- Large Selections to Choose From Many "75" Winners-All #1 e Arizona · Cara Mia « Magic Mountain · Mr. Lincoln · Oklahoma « Rose Parade · Pgse^li · Ole' · ·". · and many others TREE ROSIS Standard-All #1 Excellent Selections - · Many All American Winners Standard, Dwarf and Semi-Dwarf Large selection of varieties now in stock. it's.colled SUPER HALTS PLUS' and one application will keep ugly crab-gross from sprouting in your lawn this year. Super Halts Plus also full-fertilizes your grass or dichondra at the same time. Saves you time,. eHort and money too.' J ·'-. 2,500 SQ ft (15lbs) 11.55 I water Centml trwrm MUSJKi DAILY 8:30 TO 5:00 | OPEN SUNDAYS BEUFIOWER 9844 ARYESIA BLVD.j er, too bad. A "white slave" may not l e a v e until he pays his debt. Many have turned up in towns telling how t h e y had to sneak a w a y or even flee under gunfire. The government agrar- i a n r e f o r m a g e n c y , INCRA, said in a 1974 report: "The workers are cast into the middle of the jungle, and the isolation generates a complete dependence on the 'cat,' who does not have the least scruples a b o u t t a k i n g advantage of the circumstances. From there, the consequences are abuses, c r u e l t i e s a n d exploitation." Critica, a weekly maga- z i n e , quoted a r a n c h foreman as saying in an interview that the worsti, h a r d s h i p .for peasants 1 brought in by cats is "not the work or the boss who doesn't pay," but malar- "THE PEON DIESand the best thing is to bury him with his documents and all," the foreman said. "To not have complications, you k n o w ? There is no doctor, no nothing. It is better to .bury him right away, before someone finds out." B r a z i l i a n newspapers have conducted an intermittent campaign against the "white slavery" of the A m a z o n , documenting n u m e r o u s cases with statements by v i c t i m s , witnesses and even cats. Last year, the government announced that federal police were cracking down on the methods used by the cats because of reports received in Brasilia, the national capital. Before 1975, the Labor Ministry had five inspectors to investigate such practices in the Amazon b a s i n . This year the ministry is' scheduled to add 52 inspectors to the region as part of a national program to improve labor law enforcement. THERE ARE an estimated half-million ranch workers scattered through the Amazon, which is more than twice as big as Mexico. In the past 17 months, 45 reports of "white slavery" were investigated by the labor inspectors, the newspaper 0 Estado de Sao Paulo said recently. The i n v e s t i g a t i o n results have not been published. 0 Estado de Sao Paulo reported that one inspector said a case of "white slavery" he investigated in Para state was among "thousands of cases that are repeated and remain without a solution." Community map project in Paramount Directors of the P a r a mount Chamber of Commerce h a v e decided to launch a new project that w i l l involve the publication of an up-to-date map of the community. Jack Hall, president, said. Currently there is now map available for distribution by the Chamber or the c i t y to new businesses, new residents or others in need of a map. The map brochure will be complete \vith civic and c o m m u n i t y information and advertising space will be available to merchants and industralists wishing to p a r t i c i p a t e in the project. The map will be published by Eagle Publications. Knew old songs KH!V! V1K. 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