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SÃO PAOLO – A widespread lack of demand in the Brazilian textile sector due to the global pandemic has brought about a sharp drop in income for migrant workers – mostly women from Bolivia – as prices for sewn-goods have plummeted.

A new survey from the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre highlights the unseen impacts of COVID-19 on these garment workers in Sao Paolo where women from marginalised groups are among the most badly affected by the knock-on effects the global pandemic.

And while the production of sewn masks has replaced some of the lost apparel business – it’s reported that some workers are being paid a less than 10 cents per sewn mask they produce – a miniscule amount. 

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