CHENNAI, INDIA – Late last week, seven men and women were set free from forced labor slavery in a village a few hours outside of Chennai. They were forced to make bricks and cut trees, extremely hard manual labor in exchange for pennies that weren't even enough to purchase food. They were trapped in modern-day slavery.
Police and local government officials led the operation to free the families, giving each adult a certificate of release that emancipates him or her from the owner's control. Now IJM social workers will work closely with the families to rebuild lives in freedom, helping the adults to find good jobs that will pay a fair wage and ensuring their children go to school.
One of India's leading newspapers, The Hindu, reported on the rescue operation.