Modern-day slavery in Brazil is no longer directly associated with the colour of the skin as it happened during the colonial time, but to poverty and lack of opportunities. It’s done via a fraudulent debt. Workers are forced to buy everything they need, from tools to food, from the owner's shop, with inflated prices. The debt is never cleared and the workers are trapped. Intimidation and violence are commonplace. They get locked in cycles of debt-bondage and their families, left behind in distant poor communities elsewhere in Brazil, never know their whereabouts.