Nearly 150 children, women and men are celebrating freedom, rescued from slavery this week outside Hyderabad, India. More than 100 women and men – plus seven children as young as 3 years old – received official release certificates emancipating them from slavery in a brick factory.
Many of the families were in tears as they waved to the rescue team from the train heading home. Before leaving for her village, one elderly woman wanted to bid farewell to the team. She jumped off the train and fell on her knees, saying “Thank you. Thank you for saving me.”
A criminal complaint is now pending against the owner and manager of the brick kiln, and the men may face criminal charges carrying prison-time under the Bonded Labour Abolition Act and Child Labour Act.
International Justice Mission’s Anu George Canjanathoppil commended the government officials who acted quickly to bring rescue to people in their district who needed it: “Their resolve is proof that a functioning justice system can protect the vulnerable from exploitation and abuse.”
Learn more at the International Justice Mission article: IJM Helps Rescue 36 Families From Slavery In India, Including 3-Year-Old Girl.