South Asia

IJM Chennai: After A Decade Working to Repay a $10 Loan, A Man is Set Free with A Dozen Others

CHENNAI, INDIA – Over the weekend, 13 individuals were rescued from a tree-cutting unit where they were forced to work as slaves.

Ten years ago, one of the men borrowed 500 rupees from the owner, about $10. But this was not a loan; it was a trap meant to snare an impoverished man desperate for work. He had been working for a decade to repay the loan, but he was still in slavery. In fact, the owner claimed the alleged loan had grown to over $750.

IJM Chennai: Families Now Free from Forced Labor in "Deplorable" Rice Mill

CHENNAI, INDIA – This week, over two dozen children, women and men were released from slavery in a rice mill in rural India. After IJM documented evidence of forced labor in the abusive rice mill, government authorities responded by conducting the rescue operation.

IJM Chennai’s Director of Aftercare, Pranitha Timothy, added that the rice mill owner went to their village and offered them money and a better future. “That false promise lasted only a few days before the abuse began,” she said. And then, “they became hopeless.”

IJM Chennai Helps Former Slave Build a Dream

CHENNAI, INDIA – Ravi had a dream. It's a simple dream that many fathers around the world share: To provide a home for his family.

But Ravi was a slave. He and his wife were trapped in a rice mill, forced to work as slaves as they also tried to raise two daughters. IJM worked with local authorities to rescue Ravi's family from that rice mill over a year ago, and they returned to their home village. Suddenly, Ravi was free to dream.

IJM Chennai: A Dozen Slaves Rescued from a Rice Mill

CHENNAI, INDIA – A dozen men and women and their children were freed from slavery in a rice mill over the weekend. Local authorities partnered with IJM to rescue the families and restore them to freedom.

One of the men who was rescued said he had not been allowed to leave the rice mill to visit his home for almost four years – even though his home is five minutes from the mill.