Volkswagen is facing legal action in Brazil over allegations of rampant human-rights violations at a large farm it ran in the Amazon in the 1970s and '80s.
Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Victims forced to work in slave-like conditions at a Brazilian property owned by Volkswagen during the country's dictatorship recount "grave and systematic" abuses, including rapes, beatings and being tied to trees, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
The German carmaker is facing legal action in Brazil over allegations of rampant human-rights violations at a large farm it ran in the Amazon rainforest basin in the 1970s and '80s under the country's then military regime, media in Germany reported Sunday.
"Workers who tried to escape were beaten, tied to trees and left there for days," he said.
"Those who tried to slip into the forest never came back -- there were simply stories that they had been killed.
As punishment, they kidnapped his wife and raped her," it says, citing three witness' testimony.
Prosecutors have summoned Volkswagen for an initial audience on June 14, where they will attempt to reach a settlement, he said. »