IJM Chennai: Slaves Set Free, Rice Mill Owner Not Present Because He Was In Court

The rice mill owner was not present during the operation because he was in court facing charges related to a 2009 forced labor slavery case.
The rice mill owner was not present during the operation because he was in court facing charges related to a 2009 forced labor slavery case.

CHENNAI, INDIA – This week, IJM assisted government officials to rescue 16 children, women and men from a rice mill.

Three years ago, IJM helped local authorities with an operation on the same rice mill to free a different group of forced labor slaves. When the rescue team arrived on Tuesday, the rice mill owner was not present because he was in court facing charges for the previous offense.

A dozen people received official release certificates, emancipating them from slavery in the rice mill and entitling them to government rehabilitation funds. The forced labor slaves were required to work for more than 12 hours each day and paid a pitiful fraction of the state's minimum wage.

IJM will continue to support the families as they join IJM Chennai's two-year aftercare program. 

Force Labor Slavery, Rescue, South Asia