Justice Ventures International (JVI) recently rescued 28 children from bonded labor conditions in the city of Delhi. The rescue was conducted in collaboration with JVI partner EFICOR and local government officials and police. The children, ages 8-17, were working in a textile factory under oppressive and exploitative conditions.
The children were trafficked from neighboring states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. The survivors, 27 boys and one girl, lived and worked in suffocating rooms for up to 15 hours a day, paid less than minimum wages, and were fed only two times a day. The children had only two sets of clothes and many were without shoes.
The police have sealed the manufacturing units and legal proceedings have been initiated against the perpetrators. These children are now receiving counseling and other immediate support at a secure home. JVI lawyers will work with the police and prosecutors to hold the offenders accountable while JVI partners ensure that these trafficking survivors are provided with education and other vital services to achieve sustained freedom.
Justice Ventures International (JVI) achieved a significant milestone in May. In rapid fire succession, JVI and its local partners freed over 270 men, women and children through three major rescue operations in three consecutive weeks. These operations were conducted in close cooperation with government officials from the northern India state of Bihar. These men, women and children were freed from bonded labor slavery. Families were forced to work in illegal brick kilns and agricultural farms. Some of them had been in bonded labor for four generations.
Families, including children, were forced to work in hot, grueling and abusive conditions for more than twelve hours a day. Paid a mere subsistence wage in violation of India law, they were restricted from leaving the work areas. Many of the women and children were malnourished and sick.
Thanks to the combined efforts of JVI and its partners working with the Bihar government, all of these survivors have now safely returned to their native villages where they will each begin a new life of freedom. JVI is working to ensure these men, women and children have the care and rehabilitation assistance to protect them from future exploitation. In addition, our lawyers are working closely with the police and prosecutors to ensure the perpetrators of these crimes are held accountable.