South Asia

IJM Mumbai: They Hadn't Seen Sunlight For Three Years...

MUMBAI, INDIA – IJM Mumbai got a call from the Kolkata police department. The police had been looking for Sundari,* a teenage girl who had gone missing three years earlier. Her brother had been the one to report the case, and he had refused to give up hope.

After months and months of false starts and dead ends, the Kolkata police believed they had finally found Sundari – she had been trafficked from Kolkata to a red-light district outside of Mumbai, nearly 1,000 miles away.

In India, Former Slaves Now Free To Be Grandparents

CHENNAI, INDIA – It did not take long for Venkatesh and Subbulu to realize that they were trapped in slavery. But when they did, it was too late. Exasperated by his powerlessness to help his family, Venkatesh said, "'till I die I have to live here like a captive."

He and his wife had taken a small loan from the owner of a rice mill where their daughter worked. They planned pay it back by working in the mill. But the owner was not interested in the loan; he was interested in running his business on cheap labor – slave labor.

What Slavery Looks Like

IJM Chennai: "Today 27 People Breathe Their Lives In Freedom"

CHENNAI, INDIA – When IJM discovered families were being forced to work as slaves at a tree-cutting farm, they alerted local government officials. Together, a team of IJM staff, police and government leaders planned a rescue operation. When the rescue team arrived on Thursday, August 30, they found nearly 30 men, women and even children enslaved in not one, but two, tree-cutting farms.