June 14, 2012 jennyrain

Freedom Fridays | IJM Chennai: After 12 Years In Slavery, Families Are Set Free

Since being a part of the IJM community, I have been privileged to witness many miraculous interventions of God’s rescue of those caught in trafficking, bonded labor, or other type of violent oppression so Fridays are dedicated to these stories of rescue!

Read some past stories here:

42 Rescued from Bonded Labor | India

Justice a dream for trafficking victims | Philippines

“This Case Will Pave the Way” – 20 Year Conviction | Rwanda

 

IJM Chennai: After 12 Years In Slavery, Families Are Set Free

In an IJM-assisted operation, eight people were freed from a farm where they had been trapped as forced labor slaves for more than twelve years.

CHENNAI, INDIA – Late last week, eight people were freed from a farm where they had been trapped as forced labor slaves for more than twelve years.

IJM assisted the government officials with the operation to rescue the families from the farm, where they had endured severe physical abuse. Back at the government offices, the officials asked each family questions to determine whether the laborers were in fact forced. It soon became clear that they were, and six people received official release certificates, emancipating them and qualifying them to receive government-allocated rehabilitation funds.

The families returned home to their village, finally free. In some instances, the owner will try to track down the men and women who worked as slaves for many years, using threats and violence to force them to return to their former life in bondage. To ensure this particular owner will not regain control over the laborers, a senior government official issued a letter to his counterpart in the village where the laborers returned. The letter reaffirmed the fact that the families are free and not beholden to the farm owner.

IJM will continue to support the families, providing tools and training they need to get good jobs and send their children to school.

 

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jennyrain

I break things and trip a lot. I like to chase things like dreams, goals, ideas, and raindrops. I create things with words. Writing has been an outlet since I first discovered the magic empty space of a journal. Words dance around in my brain and often land amidst scraps of paper, find their way into journals, or etch themselves into blinking pixels. I hope my words fall like rain on tender souls in need of refreshing. Finding photos in random moments helps me share stories. During a trip to Africa the perfect trifecta of my first DSLR, mission trip, and dream-location happened and my love of photography became a reality. I'm currently writing my first book, "Will They Laugh if I Call You Daddy: Growing up with 2 Dads in an Evangelical World," I'm a board member for One Million Kids, and I believe that every kid of an LGBT parent should have an opportunity to #ChangeTheConversation with their story. My bio remains in process because I am.

Comments (2)

  1. I have to admit I’m more than a little envious of you being able to work for an organization like this.

    • jennyrain

      Thank you friend. It has been so incredibly humbling to be a part of what God is doing in the world 🙂

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