South Asia

IJM Chennai: 8 Adults Set Free, Some Enslaved For 15 Years

CHENNAI, INDIA – This week, eight men and women were set free from forced labor slavery in India.

They had begun working to repay a loan they had taken out from the owner of a tree-cutting facility. But 15 years later, many of them were nowhere closer to repaying the original loan – they were trapped in a cycle of slavery. The owner ran his business by moving the forced laborers from one plot of trees to the next, in turn constantly moving the men and women from one village to the next.

Within Five Minutes, IJM Kolkata Mobilizes To Assist Police With Anti-Trafficking Operation

KOLKATA, INDIA – Five minutes after they received a call from Kolkata police, IJM social workers and a lawyer were in a car and on their way to the brothel. The city police had conducted a successful anti-trafficking operation at the brothel operating out of a private residence, and they called IJM for assistance with critical follow-up.