Hiding in a bedroom, the boy quietly wrung his hands. Strangers were at the door. He worried they had come to take him back to the life he had just escaped — out in the açaí orchards, where he had been made to risk his life gathering fruit from trees as high as 60 feet.
"It's all right," said Ana Maria Rodrigues, a municipal social worker. "You're safe."
Izaque Pimentel Rocha, 12, stepped nervously out. He shifted his weight. His arms and legs bore scars — reminders of the dangers he endured as an invisible worker in the $1.6 billion açaí industry.
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