IJM BANGALORE: FAMILIES TRAFFICKED ACROSS STATE BORDERS RESCUED FROM SLAVERY
Thanks to evidence collected by the International Justice Mission (IJM), close to 40 people were rescued from slavery like conditions in a brick factory near Bangalore, India on February 18th by the local Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU). A few of the laborers were interviewed following their rescue and it was clear by their accounts that they had been held there as forced labor slaves. The individuals rescued were forced to work up to 20 hours a day and were paid just over a quarter a day, while children as young as 8 were also forced to work. When asked about the enslaved laborers, IJM worker Neenu Thomas said “Their hands were bad and it seemed like an allergic reaction to the clay. They never got medical treatment for it and when they asked the owners, they were refused.” IJM presented the initial evidence of slave labor to the local AHTU on February 10th which led to the rescue operation a week later.
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