RIO DE JANEIRO – An ad on one of Latin America’s biggest online marketplaces offering “blacks for sale for 1 real” (42 cents) has sparked outrage in Brazil and a police investigation.
The ad featured a photo of two black children and suggested that any blacks purchased could “serve as carpenters, masons, cooks, security guards, nightclub bouncers, janitors, garbage collectors or housekeepers.”
MercadoLivre, the biggest online buying and selling community in Latin America, said it has turned over account information for the person who posted the ad to Rio de Janeiro police and an investigation was planned. The site has pulled the ad and condemned it.
The Latin American country was one of the last countries to abolish slavery, in 1888, and Afro-Brazilians complain of widespread racial inequality and disproportionate poverty.