CHENNAI, INDIA – Late last week, IJM helped government officials in a rural area outside Chennai to rescue families forced to work as slaves in a rice mill and rock quarry. When the team of IJM staff and officials arrived, the families were hard at work – including several children.
CHENNAI, INDIA – Late last week, eight people were freed from a farm where they had been trapped as forced labor slaves for more than twelve years.
CHENNAI, INDIA – Yesterday, IJM helped local authorities rescue 40 children, women and men from two different brick kilns where they were trapped as slaves.
When the rescue team entered the first brick kiln, one of the women fell face-down in front of the government officials, sobbing and begging for rescue. Another man added his desperate pleas, explaining how the laborers had no freedom inside the abusive brick kiln. He said that the owner had not allowed him to get medical care for two of his children when they needed it – and both had later passed away.
MUMBAI, INDIA – As IJM and police arrived, an auto rickshaw sped away from the lodge that was doubling as a brothel. The girls had been ordered to leave immediately, as the manager feared the rescue team that was on its way.
The rescue team was indeed looking for the girls – who they believed were victims of sex trafficking. The lodge was empty, but the search was far from over. A surveillance team started to follow the auto rickshaw, determined to find the girls.