Forced Labor Slavery

IJM Chennai: Entire Families Held as Slaves, Children Beaten for Asking to Go to School

CHENNAI, INDIA – In the last weeks of 2013, rescue finally came to families who had been forced to live and work as slaves for up to three years chopping trees. Children as young as 8 years old were forced to work alongside their parents, and one child said they were not only barred them from going to school, but beaten by the owner if they even asked.

IJM Helps Rescue Nearly 60 Girls From Organic Pickle Factory in India

CHENNAI, INDIA – Last week, 59 girls were rescued from slavery in a factory that markets itself in the country as a conscientious food supplier of high-quality, organic pickles.

The girls—13 to 25 years old—were forced to work 16-hour days in the unsanitary factory, exposed to dangerous chemicals and barely nourished by rice and water boiled with onions. At night, they crammed mats into a two tiny rooms; 40 girls slept in one space about the size of a small studio apartment in New York City.

Tricked and Trapped, A Thousand Miles From Home

Enslaved for Two Decades, Families Struggle to “Envision Freedom” On Day of Rescue

CHENNAI, INDIA – More than thirty people were set free last week from a life of slavery—for some it was the only life they had ever known.

IJM and its partner, the Association for Rural Development (ARD), had uncovered a woodcutting operation where slaves were working 19-hour days—and some had been there for 19 years. On October 30, IJM and ARD staff presented the shocking evidence of slavery to the district government. The government mobilized a team to conduct a rescue operation.

IJM Helps Rescue 35 Girls Enslaved in Thread-Making Factory

CHENNAI, INDIA – In a shocking rescue at a thread-making factory in Southern India, thirty-five girls between 14 and 18 years old were set free from slavery last week. Many had been trafficked from faraway states—forced to live and work nearly 2,000 miles away from their families. Ten men were also rescued from the factory.

A Fight for Freedom