Praise Report: Slaves Rescued from Brick Factory
The humdrum routine for the families working in the brick kiln in Chennai, India, never showed any signs of changing. Their day started at 5 a.m. The men wheeled in carts of mud, the women poured in water. Together they cut the dried blocks of clay into even-shaped rectangular bricks. In the sweltering tropical heat, such hard labor was restricted not only to adults. Young children, forced to drop out of school, turned the bricks as they dried.
These modern day slaves worked 80-hour workweeks for less than Rs. 100 per week ($2 USD). Having borrowed a small amount of money which they were unable to pay off, these men, women, and children were forced into labor slavery. They found themselves powerless against the brick factory owner, a local politician who was well connected.
International Justice Mission (IJM), a human rights organization, found these twenty-two slaves trapped in the brick factory. Soon they garnered enough evidence to share with authorities. On May 13, 2013, a district government official led the successful rescue operation. In spite of political pressure to send the slaves back to the brick factory, the families returned to their homes and have enrolled in IJM's two-year aftercare program.
Praise God for the rescue of the 22 slaves who were shackled to a life of unbearable servitude and trauma (The Bible, Deuteronomy 32:4).
Praise God for human rights organizations like IJM which strive to free these individuals who are trapped in forced slavery (The Bible, Luke 10:30-37).
Pray that God would mend the wounds and heal the scars of victims of human trafficking and modern day slavery (The Bible, Psalm 147:3).
This article originally appeared in the July 2013 Edition of the Win 10/40 Reporter.
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