25 April 2018
Millions of people are enslaved in India today—but, more and more, we are seeing compassionate leaders across the country rising up to combat slavery head-on.
The fight grew stronger this week in southern India, through two rescue operations led by NGO and government partners trained by IJM. Their proactive and professional response to the crime gives us great hope that we can soon end slavery in India for good.
On April 17, an IJM-trained NGO called ChildLine rallied local authorities to rescue two young boys who were being exploited at a goat farm.
ChildLine raised the case less than a month after a training from IJM on human trafficking and modern-day slavery. This case was one of several rescues they’ve conducted in the area—an amazing demonstration of their eagerness to protect the poor in this community.
These rescued brothers—ages 5 and 7—had been sold to the goat farm by their father for only 10,000 rupees (about A$200) after their mother passed away. For the next three months, the boys were forced to take care of a herd of goats in rough conditions and with only poor-quality rice to eat. They were even made to sleep in the field with the animals.
Today the boys are in safe custody and receiving medical care, while their father and the farm owner are under police investigation. Local officials will find a safe aftercare placement for the children and help them join a local school as well.
International Justice Mission protects the poor from violence throughout the developing world. IJM partners with local authorities to rescue victims, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors and strengthen justice systems. Our team has helped local officials combat bonded labour slavery around Chennai since 2001, and together we've brought thousands of children, women and men into freedom. Join the fight against slavery.
International Justice Mission is a global organisation that protects the poor from violence throughout the developing world. IJM partners with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems.Find out more