Forced Labor Slavery

IJM Announces Expansion into Ghana to Help End Child Slavery on World’s Largest Reservoir

ACCRA, GHANA – Leaders from International Justice Mission have deployed to the West African nation of Ghana to open a new field office and join with the Ghanaian government and other partners to rescue children from slavery in the fishing industry. IJM will collaborate with the anti-human trafficking police to arrest slave owners and free children being forced to work on Lake Volta—the world’s largest man-made lake.

A Ghanaian government survey estimates that 50,000 children work in Ghana’s fishing industry, with tens of thousands on Lake Volta during peak season.

Pop-Up Play in India Raises Awareness About Slavery to Tens of Thousands

CHENNAI, INDIA – The beat of the parai drum fills the  humid air in a small South Indian village. The sun is setting, and a crowd of curious people gathers to watch a lively play.  

One of the actors named Upendra cowers as another performer approaches him with a raised stick, poised to strike. Upendra is playing the role of a man trapped in a brick factory as a forced labor slave. The audience is captivated by the compelling performance, and many breathe audible sighs of relief when, finally, the family is set free.    

Four Boys Rescued from Slavery on a Rose Farm

BANGALORE, INDIA – Four boys were rescued from slavery on a rose farm located just a few hours from the highly industrialized city of Bangalore. Two of the boys are brothers, and they had been trapped for five years. The youngest was only 9 years old.

Child Slaves, Beaten for Making Mistakes

Four boys between 9 and 15 were held as slaves on this rose farm. When IJM presented evidence of slavery, local authorities responded quickly and took proactive steps to ensure these boys can grow up in freedom.

IJM Delhi: 179 Rescued from Oppressive Brick Factory in India

DELHI, INDIA – Yesterday, IJM helped bring freedom to 179 who had been trapped in a life of slavery inside an oppressive brick factory in India.

Although it was the first time IJM had ever worked in this particular region, the government authorities leading the operation responded quickly and ensured each slave’s story was properly recorded and criminal charges were filed against the brick factory owner.

One slave reflected on his rescue: “Today I believe God is alive, in different shapes and in different people.”

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