Don’t you just love to hear a good word? Here’s a story that will fill you with excitement because people, we’re here to set the captives free. IJM has accomplished something worthy of shouting from the mountain tops for those enslaved in a brick factory. Read below for the full scoop.

As you read this email, 273 people are on their way back home after being rescued from slavery yesterday in India. It was IJM’s second-largest rescue operation ever – definitely an epic day for our team, who worked through the night to bring freedom to these families.
But the day was most monumental for the men, women and children who were rescued from brick factories – their lives will never be the same.

It started with a call from a local government official. She had discovered slavery in two brick factories and was seeking our help with a rescue operation. Rain was pouring down when the rescue team arrived at the brick kiln. At first, the slaves seemed confused and even afraid. But when they realized that the strangers were there to help them, they began pleading for rescue. They had been lured to the factory with false promises of a good job, but instead they were forced to work up to 20 hours a day, beaten when they tried to stand up for their rights.

As we listened to their stories and helped them gather their meagre belongings, more and more slaves came forward – so many it was hard to count them in the downpour. Our team brought the desperate families to a nearby school where they could stay dry, and worked alongside the government to ensure these children, women and men could testify to the abuse they had endured. By 6 a.m., the lead government official was ready to issue official Release Certificates – legal documents that free these families from the owner’s control for good.

Yesterday the skies cleared and the sun was shining as the families – 91 in total – readied to board a train to go home, where IJM will continue to support them as they start a new chapter in their lives. Today, 273 people are free.
Gratefully,
Sean Litton
Senior Vice President of Field Operations

International Justice Mission Canada
PO Box 336 Stn B London, ON N6A 4W1
Phone: 519.679.5030 | Fax: 519.679.3358 | Email: info@ijm.ca