Local Officials Go Above and Beyond to Free 147 from Slavery at a Brick Kiln

Author: International Justice Mission

Category: News

Local Officials Go Above and Beyond to Free 147 from Slavery at a Brick Kiln

Chennai, India, March 23, 2018

Last week, nearly 150 children, women and men were rescued from bonded labour slavery in a single Indian brick kiln, thanks to the diligent work of local government officials, police and IJM staff.

Three suspects accused of enslaving these families have been apprehended by police, with one already charged under India’s anti-trafficking laws, and the rescued slaves are now safely back in their home villages.

The quick arrests and a faithful commitment to the survivors’ wellbeing through this operation demonstrates a promising shift in local government attitudes in this area—and a much stronger response to the plague of bonded labour slavery still alive across the country.