Forced Labor Slavery

Once Silenced by Fear, These Former Slaves Are Now the Voices of Freedom

NEW DELHI, INDIA – India celebrated 66 years of independence on August 15. But it was the first Independence Day that Banarasi and Darshan Singh had celebrated in two decades: until this summer, they were slaves.

Banarasi, Darshan, and their eldest son had been trapped in a rice mill in Punjab, India since 1994. The Singh family more than doubled in size during that time. Banarasi gave birth to two daughters and another son. Their first grandchild was born in the rice mill, in line to inherit the same bleak future.

IJM Exposes Students at One of India's Top Law Schools to Reality of Slavery

CHENNAI, INDIA – Earlier this year, India's most prestigious law school invited IJM Chennai to educate undergraduate and postgraduate students on forced labor slavery. A handful of India University's National Law School students, specializing in criminal rights, human rights and business, enrolled in this five-day, credit course led by IJM lawyers.

IJM Bangalore: After 13 Years In Slavery, Families Freed From Brutal Rock Quarry

BANGALORE, INDIA – Yesterday, 19 people were rescued from a brutal rock quarry. They had been trapped there for 13 years, confined to live and work in miserable conditions. The manual labor was intense and exhausting. They were not allowed to leave the quarry, and several women even had to give birth in dirty sheds in the quarry compound. They were slaves in every sense of the word.

IJM Chennai Helps Rescue Malnourished, Mistreated Families From Slavery In A Rice Mill

CHENNAI, INDIA – Yesterday, eight people were set free from a life of slavery. The three adults had been enslaved in the rice mill for up to six years, and the four children and an infant had grown up there. Many were sick and malnourished, and the children's bloated bellies protruded from threadbare clothing.

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