Real life story about a domestic worker in Brazil - Reading comprehension

Creuza Maria de Oliveira was employed as a domestic worker at the age of 10. She speaks out on the rights of domestics workers

Read the following real life story about a domestic worker in Brazil and answer the questions below. 

The voice of Creuza Oliveira tells the story of more than nine million Brazilian domestic workers, mostly women, mostly black, for whom slavery is not relegated to the dust piles of history. 
Born in a family of poor rural workers with no schooling, Oliveira began life as a domestic worker in Bahia when she was 10 years old. Unable to balance work and school, she had to pick work and dropped out of school numerous times. 
"Almost half a million domestic workers in Brazil are children and teenagers between 5 and 17 years of age - working without compensation, as slaves," she said.
Oliveira is now President of the National Federation of Domestic Workers in Brazil and active in the Unified Black Movement and the Women's Movement.

Available at: <www.un.org/en/letsfightracism/oliveira.shtml>.  
Copyright 2015. United Nations. Reprinted with the permission of the United Nations.


1. What was Creuza Maria's job? What does she do today?
2. Who does Creuza try to help?
3. What does she fight against?
4. Based on Creuza's words, is slavery over in our country? Why (not)?


Answers

1. Suggested answers: She was a domestic worker. Today she speaks out on the rigts of domestic workers. / Today she is President of the National Federation of Domestic Workers in Brazil and active in the Unified Black Movement and the Women's Movement.

2. Suggested answers: Millions of Brazilian domestic workers, mostly women, mostly black. / Domestic workers in Brazil (children and teenagers) who work as slaves.

3. Suggested answers: Racism. / Slavery. / Social injustice. / Prejudice.

4. Suggested answer: There are a lot of domestic workers in Brazil (children and teenagers) who work without compensation, as slaves. 

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