“The relationship between labourer and lender is timeless”: Rescuing forced labour and children – Anti-Slavery International

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Loan sharks are exploiting workers’ inability to repay loans. Many families will instead resort to taking out loans at high interest rates in order to survive, while others will fall deeper into debt and end up trapped in bonded labour – India’s most prevalent form of modern slavery – according to activists. […]

In Odisha, charities are using short videos inspired by the animated film “Madagascar” to inform villagers about coronavirus and warn them against taking out loans from local money lenders at high interest rates – a practice known to fuel slave labour. […]

The relationship between labourer and lender is timeless,” Das said, referring to his son working for the local loan shark. “It stretches for many lives.”

Source: CORONAVIRUS CRISIS, Scroll.in 16 April 2020
URL: https://scroll.in/article/959268/many-of-indias-informal-workers-are-getting-pushed-into-bonded-labour-during-coronavirus-crisis
Date visited: 21 June 2020

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Many brick workers in India are trapped in a cycle of debt-bondage, forced to toil in harsh conditions with little recourse to the law.

Anti-Slavery has recently concluded a successful project on this issue.Working with our partners, we supported improvements in working conditions at 31 brick factories and secured the release of 2,251 workers from debt bondage.

Source: India in 2019: Addressing debt bondage- Anti-Slavery International
URL: https://www.antislavery.org/impact/impact-our-impact-2019/india-2019/
Date visited: 21 June 2020

There is no memorial at the banyan tree around which the Warli Adivasi Revolt of 1945 began in Talasari taluka’s Zari village. Nearly 5,000 indentured tribals who gathered here from Thane, Vikramgad, Dahanu and Palghar had refused to work on landlords’ fields until they received 12 annas a day in wages, their resistance sowing the first seeds of rights-based movements among the region’s indigenous communities.

Today, the younger generation in Zari, 150 km from Mumbai, has no more than a faint acquaintanceship with their ancestors’ historic struggle but a blend of that history and contemporary circumstances keeps Talasari’s adivasis loyal to those who led that revolt, the Communist Party and the All India Kisan Sabha. […]

For over a hundred years, practically every tribal in Talasari and nearby worked as bonded labourers, almost owned by upper caste Maharashtrians or Parsi landlords — this was then Umbergaon taluka, in present day Gujarat. It was Godavari Parulekar’s call for rebellion in May 1945 that changed their lives. The oral history of that oppression and the Warsi Adivasi Revolt is told in every tribal household,” says 81-year-old L S Kom, former Lok Sabha member and former Member of the Legislative Assembly from Dahanu

Source: “Home of Warli Adivasi revolt, Talasari’s loyalty to the Left deepens” by Kavitha Iyer, Indian Express, 9 March 2020
URL: https://indianexpress.com/article/india/home-of-warli-adivasi-revolt-talasaris-loyalty-to-the-left-deepens-6305986/
Date visited: 21 June 2020

Our vision is freedom from slavery for everyone, everywhere, always.

We are small and powerful changemakers delivering freedom now and ensuring it for the future. We free children and adults from slavery, we equip them to claim their rights and we change systems to end slavery now and for tomorrow.

Source: Who we are – Anti-Slavery International
URL: https://www.antislavery.org/about-us/who-we-are/
Date visited: 21 June 2020

People subjected to forced labour are frequently from minority or marginalised groups. For example, slavery in Sudan affects different ethnic or religious groups. Bonded labour in India, Nepal and Pakistan disproportionately affects dalits and those who are considered to be of “low” caste, adivasis (indigenous people) and those from other minority groups (including religious minorities). […]

Source: 1807 – 2007: Over 200 years of campaigning against slavery
Address : www.antislavery.org/includes/documents/cm_docs/…/18072007.pdf
Date Visited: Sun Jun 03 2012 18:26:08 GMT+0200 (CEST)

Over 642 children were rescued last year and 92 so far this year [2012]. Most were rescued from jewelry and garment embroidery sweatshops. The remainder were rescued from other industries, such as the plastics industry.

Most were from Bihar, Haryana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Nepal. […]

The Society receives no government funding.  It relies totally on donations raised from members of the public and on the work of unpaid volunteers.

Source: Rescue a slave today
Address : https://www.anti-slaverysociety.addr.com/rescue.htm
Date Visited: Sun Jun 03 2012 18:34:46 GMT+0200 (CEST)

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India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world with a kaleidoscopic variety and rich cultural heritage. It has achieved all-round socio-economic progress since Independence. As the 7th largest country in the world, India stands apart from the rest of Asia, marked off as it is by mountains and the sea, which give the country a distinct geographical entity. Bounded by the Great Himalayas in the north, it stretches southwards and at the Tropic of Cancer, tapers off into the Indian Ocean between the Bay of Bengal on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west.

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