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Trapped: Modern-Day Slavery in the Brazilian Amazon

Binka Le Breton
Trapped: Modern-Day Slavery in the Brazilian Amazon
ISBN: 978-1-56549-156-4
ISBN: 978 -1-56549-155-7
2003/229 pages/LC: 2002014319
A Kumarian Press Book


In huge ranches deep in the Amazon, thousands of migrant workers are trapped in a web of debt-bondage and deceit. Binka Le Breton sheds light on the lives of these workers, many of whom have lost all contact with their families and hometowns, providing a forum for them to tell their stories in their own words.

Le Breton also reports on her interviews with those who benefit from the illegal trade in human lives, and with those fighting against it. Far from being a dry academic treatise, her book serves as an impassioned, yet well-informed, call for an end to slavery in Brazil and around the world.


Binka Le Breton, an award-winning author and human rights activist, lives in Brazil at the Iracambi Rainforest Research Center.


  • Introduction.
  • The Chain of Slavery.
  • Links in the Chain.
  • The Occupation of Amazônia.
  • Debt Slavery: The Bosses.
  • The Gatos.
  • The Peons.
  • The Women.
  • Violence.
  • Resistance.
  • The Landless Movement.
  • The Vila Rica Commission.
  • A Case History.
  • Volkswagen's Model Ranch.
  • Model Ranch 2001.
  • Black Slaves, White Slaves.
  • Into the Enemy's Camp.