Forced Labor Slavery

IJM Chennai Helps Rescue Families Divided By Slavery

CHENNAI, INDIA – Today, IJM helped local authorities rescue families from forced labor slavery in two rice mills. It was a joyful emancipation, and it was a reunion for families divided by the constraints of slavery.

Working with police and the government official in charge of the operation, IJM quickly identified the people enslaved in the first rice mill. They helped the children, women and men safely leave the rice mill, once and for all.

IJM Chennai: Brothers Convicted For Violating India's Anti-Slavery Law

CHENNAI, INDIA – Late last week, two brothers were convicted for violating India's anti-slavery law, the Bonded Labor Act. The two men used slave labor to run a rice mill, and IJM helped government officials rescue families trapped as slaves there in two different operations.

In March 2009, nine families were set free from bondage at the rice mill, when IJM helped local authorities conduct the first operation. 23 people – including children – received release certificates, legal documents that emancipate them and entitle them to certain government benefits.