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.
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.
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.
MUMBAI, INDIA – Late last week a brothel owner and manager were convicted and sentenced to prison for trafficking crimes, and the brothel where they once sold and exploited girls for sex was ordered closed. IJM Mumbai Director of Legal Michelle Mendonca has supported the public prosecutors and police on the case over the last three years, and she said the ruling means that "the girls are free, and the perpetrators know that justice for the poor is possible."