CHENNAI, INDIA – Late last week, nearly 90 people were rescued from a life of slavery in Bihar, a northern state and one of the poorest in India. The families – including about 40 children – were forced to stay inside the brick factory at all times. A barbed-wire fence twisted around the factory, but the most effective tactic keeping them enslaved was fear.
Forced Labor Slavery
CHENNAI, INDIA – Four families were rescued from a brick kiln where they were held as slaves and forced to work up to 14 hours a day. At night they slept out in the open; tents made from old plastic and dry leaves kept their cooking pots and clothing dry. Eleven children lived with their parents inside the brick kiln, and most were forced to work just like the adults. All of them said the owner of the factory had forced them to drop out of school.
What Slavery Looks Like
CHENNAI, INDIA – After decades living and working in an abusive, inhumane catfish farm, more than 30 people were set free this week, including children and two pregnant women. On the farm, the slaves were forced to wade into man-made pools to harvest catfish, baiting them with maggot-infested chicken carcasses.
Shocking Squalor and Inhumane Working Conditions
CHENNAI, INDIA – IJM Chennai got a call on a Tuesday afternoon. The caller was trapped in a brick factory, desperate for help. Another woman who was enslaved in the factory was critically ill. The factory owner was refusing to let her get medical help. "If you don't come tonight," the caller said, "she will die."