Bolivian immigrants receive on average R$5 to sew pieces of clothing sold for up to R$698 at Animale stores. The brand, which defines “luxury and sophistication” as its “slogan”, has more than 80 stores across the country, many in high-end shopping malls.
The subcontracted tailors work more than 12 hours a day in the same place where they sleep, in which there are cockroaches and electrical installations that pose risk of fire.
The same situation is spotted in three workshops in the metropolitan region of São Paul. The labor auditors hold Animale and A.Brand, brands of the Soma Group, responsible for producing clothes with work similar to slavery.
With both brands, Brazil accounts for 37 clothing brands responsible for the exploitation of slave labor in the last eight years.
The cases are part of the database of the Mode Livre application, a tool developed by Repórter Brasil, which shows how 119 clothing companies fight (or not) this kind of exploitation in the production of their clothes.