Article 1

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Economic sanctions Forced labour Slavery

Article 1  provides for the cancellation of the registration of any business found to have made direct or indirect use of slave labour or labour in conditions akin to slavery at any stage in their supply chains.

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This implies that the business will be prevented from performing any transactions in the State of Bahia.

Article 1 provides a definition of ‘work in conditions analogous to slavery’ for the purposes of the law, which is consistent with the definition in the Brazilian Criminal Code and provides further details as to what constitutes work akin to slavery: subjecting workers to forced labour or exhausting working hours, or to degrading conditions of work, debt bondage, the restriction of the use of any means of transport, maintaining overt surveillance at work, the retention of documents or personal objects of the worker, in order to prevent the worker from leaving.

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Law / 13 January 2015 / Brazil / Bahia State Law No. 13.221 / 2015

This Bahia State Law provides for the cancellation of the registration of any business found to have made direct or indirect use of slave labour or labour in conditions akin to slavery at any stage in their supply chains. This means that the company will be prevented from performing any transactions in the State of Bahia. This measure applies both to those involved directly and those who benefit indirectly from the use of slave labour, and it reaches the business partners of the business or company involved, who are prevented from entering a new application for inscription in the registry for 10 years. Furthermore, the law prohibits businesses found to have used slavey labour in their supply chains from contracting with the State Government, and provides that such businesses will lose any tax or administrative benefits granted by the State. See similar laws in the States of Piauí and Sao Paolo.