Forced Labor Slavery

61 Set Free From A Life Of Slavery In India, Including Children As Young As 5

BANGALORE, INDIA – Today in India, IJM helped rescue 61 people from a life of slavery. Entire families were trapped in the brick kiln, and children as young as 5 years old were forced to work. Exhausted and malnourished, the children, women and men were living in makeshift tents – plastic tarps stretched over bamboo sticks.

IJM Helps Set Families Free From A Life Of Slavery, The Only Life The Young Children Had Known

CHENNAI, INDIA – IJM helped set 14 people free last week from a rock quarry where they were trapped in a life of slavery. The adults were forced to work 12 hours a day, seven days a week. It was exhausting manual labor, breaking up massive boulders and crushing rocks into gravel, all by hand. The men and women hardly had time to care for their small children, born into this life and trapped in the quarry.

Rescued From A Lifetime Of Slavery In Chennai

CHENNAI, INDIA – IJM helped rescue ten people from slavery in a sawmill last week – including six children, the youngest only 7 years old. Many of the children had been born there, and some of the adults said they had been trapped there for 18 years.

The children, ages 7 to 12, worked alongside the adults, cutting down trees for lumber, without power tools or heavy machinery. They worked ten hours a day, every single day of the week, and received about 50 cents a week – barely enough for food. There was no rest, no hope for escape.