South Asia

Pop-Up Play in India Raises Awareness About Slavery to Tens of Thousands

CHENNAI, INDIA – The beat of the parai drum fills the  humid air in a small South Indian village. The sun is setting, and a crowd of curious people gathers to watch a lively play.  

One of the actors named Upendra cowers as another performer approaches him with a raised stick, poised to strike. Upendra is playing the role of a man trapped in a brick factory as a forced labor slave. The audience is captivated by the compelling performance, and many breathe audible sighs of relief when, finally, the family is set free.    

Four Boys Rescued from Slavery on a Rose Farm

BANGALORE, INDIA – Four boys were rescued from slavery on a rose farm located just a few hours from the highly industrialized city of Bangalore. Two of the boys are brothers, and they had been trapped for five years. The youngest was only 9 years old.

Child Slaves, Beaten for Making Mistakes

Four boys between 9 and 15 were held as slaves on this rose farm. When IJM presented evidence of slavery, local authorities responded quickly and took proactive steps to ensure these boys can grow up in freedom.

Sex Trafficking Survivors Set Free from Months in Darkness

MUMBAI, INDIA – IJM helped rescue half a dozen young women from an abusive brothel—including one young woman who said she hadn’t seen sunlight for three months.

Rescue Comes Swiftly

On July 3, IJM received a call for assistance from the city police. The social service branch–a unit of the city police that work on cases and crimes related to women—had received a tip that girls were being trafficked and exploited for sex in a brothel in one of Mumbai’s red-light districts.

IJM Delhi: 179 Rescued from Oppressive Brick Factory in India

DELHI, INDIA – Yesterday, IJM helped bring freedom to 179 who had been trapped in a life of slavery inside an oppressive brick factory in India.

Although it was the first time IJM had ever worked in this particular region, the government authorities leading the operation responded quickly and ensured each slave’s story was properly recorded and criminal charges were filed against the brick factory owner.

One slave reflected on his rescue: “Today I believe God is alive, in different shapes and in different people.”