Forced Labor Slavery

IJM Chennai: After A Decade Working to Repay a $10 Loan, A Man is Set Free with A Dozen Others

CHENNAI, INDIA – Over the weekend, 13 individuals were rescued from a tree-cutting unit where they were forced to work as slaves.

Ten years ago, one of the men borrowed 500 rupees from the owner, about $10. But this was not a loan; it was a trap meant to snare an impoverished man desperate for work. He had been working for a decade to repay the loan, but he was still in slavery. In fact, the owner claimed the alleged loan had grown to over $750.

IJM Chennai Helps Former Slave Build a Dream

CHENNAI, INDIA – Ravi had a dream. It's a simple dream that many fathers around the world share: To provide a home for his family.

But Ravi was a slave. He and his wife were trapped in a rice mill, forced to work as slaves as they also tried to raise two daughters. IJM worked with local authorities to rescue Ravi's family from that rice mill over a year ago, and they returned to their home village. Suddenly, Ravi was free to dream.

IJM Chennai: A Dozen Slaves Rescued from a Rice Mill

CHENNAI, INDIA – A dozen men and women and their children were freed from slavery in a rice mill over the weekend. Local authorities partnered with IJM to rescue the families and restore them to freedom.

One of the men who was rescued said he had not been allowed to leave the rice mill to visit his home for almost four years – even though his home is five minutes from the mill.

IJM Bangalore Helps Rescue Families from Slavery

BANGALORE, INDIA – This week, IJM Bangalore helped government officials to rescue families forced to work as slaves in an abusive brick kiln.

A brick-maker named Maruti* heard about a group that had helped people like him find freedom from slavery. He eventually tracked down the phone number of an IJM staff member and made a secret call for help.

The laborers told IJM that they were forced to wake up as early as 2AM to start working. They molded bricks from clay and baked them under the hot sun. They did not stop until nightfall.