Desperate to leave the brick factory, the forced labor slaves did not waste one moment and rushed to the vehicle that would lead them out to safety.
BANGALORE, INDIA – It was a typical day’s work for Chandan as he drove customers around his village in the state of Odisha in his cycle rickshaw, dropping them at their destination.
An IJM advocate speaks to Prema, center, on the night she is finally rescued from the violent brothel.
KOLKATA, INDIA – One of the most brutal brothel owners we have ever encountered in our work in India is facing ten years in prison for sex trafficking crimes in two cases. It’s the first time a trafficker has been convicted twice for these crimes in the state of West Bengal.
Undercover footage from one of Nakul Bera's brothels.
KOLKATA, INDIA – Seven years ago, Nakul Bera thought he was invincible. He ran two brothels with nearly 50 young women he had trafficked into a port town three hours outside Kolkata.
A young child mixes mud to make bricks just before IJM and the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) showed up at a brick kiln near Bangalore to free 25 bonded laborers.
BANGALORE, INDIA – Twenty-five people are now free thanks to an IJM-assisted operation on February 18. Held in forced labor slavery in a brick factory near Bangalore, the families were denied any opportunity to leave–even for medical aid.
PAMPANGA, THE PHIILIPPINES – A handwritten sign is still taped to the bar door: Gentlemen it’s time to close, it’s hotel and motel time. The message may be the last one the bar owners are able to post.
Massive rescue signals paradigm shift among government leaders in India.
CHENNAI, INDIA – More than three hundred people are waking up today in freedom. This time last week they were up before sunrise making bricks that would be sold for another’s profit.
An IJM social worker holds a release certificate and helps explain what this means for the families rescued from slavery in a rice mill. These legal documents issued by the government emancipate the holder and entitle him or her to additional protection and benefits.
CHENNAI, INDIA – Last month, a desperate father escaped from a rice mill to get medical help for his 2-year-old son with a heart condition. Because a government official heard his story and took action, three families are now free from forced labor slavery.
Boys rescued from a rose farm.
WASHINGTON, DC – This Valentine's Day, as millions purchase roses to give to loved ones, International Justice Mission is reminding buyers that there is a darker side to some of our most basic purchases, including roses.
Pictured left to right at the British High Commission: Esther Njuguna-Muigai (IJM Kenya Senior Aftercare Specialist), Joan Ngaruiya (IJM Kenya contract counselor), Dr. Christian Turner (British Ambassador to Kenya), Leah Awour (IJM Kenya Advocate), Solomon Mathenge (IJM Kenya contract counselor)
NAIROBI, KENYA – In December 2014, a British court convicted Simon Harris for sexually abusing Kenyan street boys and possessing indecent images of children. He had been working as the director of a children’s charity in a rural Kenyan community.
The streets of this red-light area are always crowded and filled with people shopping and doing business.
KOLKATA, INDIA – Six young women trafficked from Nepal into India were set free from multiple brothels in a single night last week. IJM joined an entire police department and three other NGOs on the complex operation in the city’s largest red-light area.