NEW DELHI, INDIA – The call to end modern-day slavery grew louder this week in India when government and NGO leaders convened to discuss the reality of forced labor. It was the first time an official national consultation has been dedicated to the issue since IJM began working in India to combat modern-day slavery more than a decade ago—and perhaps the first time ever.
Forced Labor Slavery
CHENNAI, INDIA – Forty people were rescued from a life of slavery last week, thanks to a government official who responded to the evidence presented by IJM and its local partner, the Association for Rural Development (ARD).
IJM's Director of National Interventions, Anu George, said one woman came up to her and said through tears: "I thought I was going to die here, until you came and rescued us."
BANGALORE, INDIA – For many in the U.S., Monday was the end of a three-day weekend commemorating Labor Day; for 28 people rescued from a massive construction site in Bangalore, it was the beginning of freedom.
IJM first heard about this case of forced labor slavery from a partner organization called Jan Jagriti Kendra (JJK). This organization had learned about a missing persons report: Seven women had mysteriously vanished from a small village in central India, and officials had traced them to a construction facility in Bangalore—more than 800 miles away.
BANGALORE, INDIA – More than 100 men and women were rescued from slavery this week from factories and farms about 50 miles south of Bangalore, the booming metropolis and epicenter of technology in India.
State Government Initiates Complex Operation