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Forced Labor Slavery

Forced labor slavery uses deception, threats or violence to coerce someone to work for little to no pay. Although slavery has been outlawed in nearly every country, millions of men, women and children are working as slaves in brick kilns, rice mills, garment factories, fishing operations and many other industries.

Forced labor slavery is a violent crime. Physical and sexual assault are rampant. In many cases, IJM has documented forced labor slaves who have been beaten, gang raped, locked in tiny rooms, starved and even killed.

Victims who try and escape commonly report being tracked down, beaten and returned to the facility. But many victims of slavery don’t try to run away, because owners use fear and deception that traps them more strongly than physical locks and walls.

"We wanted to leave the mill and live freely but I never thought that would happen in my lifetime."

Rajeswari a survivor of slavery rescued by IJM​​

"It was a moving sight to see those little hands holding the hammer while they should've been in school holding pencils—now, they're free and can go back to school."

IJM Social Worker​​
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