When Jorge Ramos and his brother, Jorge Rodríguez, left home in the northern city of São Paulo for the Rio de Portugal port of Porto Alegre in December, their only goal was to find a job.
“I was looking for work,” Ramos told CNN.
“We had a small business, but we couldn’t afford a house or anything like that.
We were looking for somewhere that we could live, so we started looking for jobs in the area.”
Ramos had been looking for a job for about three months before his brothers arrived.
In January 2019, they decided to take a chance on an unfamiliar city, Rio de la Plata, and the promise of an exciting future.
They were able to find jobs, but they didn’t have a lot of options.
They needed to find somewhere to live, get some schooling, and pay for their transportation.
So Ramos and Rodrilaz decided to go for a test drive.
Ramos and Rodrigo took a ride in the company SUV, and were able, they told CNN, to “find a place that you like.”
“We have a little bit of money,” Ramos said.
“This is where we want to live.”
Their destination, on the outskirts of the city, was the Guanabara Bay, home to about 500 people, mostly migrant workers.
The city was a big deal to Ramos, and Rodri, as well as other workers who work at the port, have to pass a series of tests that are supposed to determine their future in the city.
They must pass a drug test and be clean and sober.
The Guanabaras have long been a point of pride for Brazilians and migrants in general.
“It’s been the biggest city in the world for so long,” Ramos says.
“The population is a big part of the reason why the port is so important.”
The Guanaba is the site of the world’s largest exporter of rum, and is also home to a small market.
For decades, the port has been an important economic engine for Brazil.
In recent years, however, the economic fortunes of the region have shifted away from the port and towards the rest of the country.
And now, the city is also the center of a wave of corruption allegations that has exposed the cracks in the favelas and other areas of Rio de La Plata.
For the past few years, the Rio region has been plagued by corruption scandals, including one involving the city’s governor, the former head of the Federal Police and a former mayor who has been implicated in a range of other high-profile crimes.
Ramos was one of those caught up in the corruption, which he says was a “sad, sad day” for the people of the area.
“They came to the port to be exploited and they are the ones who were exploiting us,” Ramos explained.
“When they come to the ports, they steal everything, from our clothes to our vehicles.”
In a region where corruption is rife, it is especially distressing that people have become so used to working in the shadows that many have lost the fear of being caught.
In a sense, this has been happening in the midst of an election campaign.
“Our campaign is very simple,” Ramos explains.
“What do you do in your day-to-day life?
Do you go to work?
Do we have to pay taxes?
And then, how do you get money?”
The mayor of Saborio, who was not named in the CNN report, told CNN that Ramos and other workers have been living under the constant threat of police violence for months.
In August, police in the region’s capital, Brasilia, responded to an attack by the local branch of the violent anti-government group, Criquette.
The group had targeted a local government official in the nearby town of Sado, killing the official’s mother.
The incident prompted the police to temporarily close the port’s main roads and to install new checkpoints to protect workers from criminal activity.
At the time, Ramos said he was worried about his brother’s safety, because his brother was the only person in the family who had worked at the Guanaba port.
Ramos has been working for the Porto Saboriano for about five years.
He has been able to save enough money to pay his taxes and to buy groceries for the family, and he hopes that the police’s violence will stop.
“If they want to keep coming to the city they will be stopped by the police,” Ramos concluded.
“That is why we have our security guard, because he will stop the violence.
It’s not easy, but I have to be strong.
I have a family, so I have other responsibilities.”
Ramos says that he doesn’t believe that the violence will ever end.
“There is always a police officer who will come to stop you,” Ramos added.