March 8th, 2011
11:28 PM ET

Fear accompanies road to freedom

Uttar Pradesh, India - Ten police officers barreled down the road, some on motorcycles, others in a jeep, their sirens left silent so as not to alert anyone. Their mission: to rescue workers from bonded labor, or debt slavery, in India.

But when they arrived at the carpet factory, it was empty except for a man inside.

It appeared that the police were too late.

As the man was questioned, officers outside discovered five children and a disabled adult who had been ushered out the back of the factory. Someone had tipped off the owner, police said.

The police took the group to the sub-divisional magistrate office, where the children reluctantly told their stories.

"We start work at 6 a.m., end at 9 p.m. at night," the smallest said. In return for 15 hours of work, they received a food allowance of just two dollars per week. “My father is dead. So I am working.”


March 8th, 2011
01:59 PM ET

Survivor works to help other victims

A 2007 CNN Hero, Tina Frundt works to save victims of child sex trafficking. She herself was a victim at the age of 14.

Topics: Life In Slavery • Solutions
March 8th, 2011
01:13 PM ET

'It's the person next door'

U.S. anti-human trafficking Czar Luis CdeBaca talks with CNN about the role of governments and businesses in fighting slavery and also the historical context of slavery in the United States.

"One of our big problems with this under-reported crime is to not only find it, but then recognize it when we see it," CdeBaca says. FULL POST

Topics: The Facts • Voices
London court hears case of woman charged with keeping slave
Saeeda Khan, seen here in 2004, is accused of overseeing travel arrangements that brought an African woman to London as a slave.
March 8th, 2011
08:46 AM ET

London court hears case of woman charged with keeping slave

London, England - A Pakistani woman went on trial in London on Monday, charged with keeping a woman from Tanzania as a slave.

Saeeda Khan, 68, is accused of overseeing the visa and travel arrangements that brought Mwanahamisi Mruke, 45 from her home in Tanzania to London in October 2006. FULL POST

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Topics: In The News
March 8th, 2011
12:44 AM ET

Generations pay off debts through slavery

Uttar Pradesh, India - An army of workers, their faces encrusted with dust, toils beside a story-high pile of unfired bricks. They are helping build a new India that appears to be leaving them behind.

From sunup to sundown they spend their time pouring wet mud into molds, lugging them to the kiln, firing them and then pulling them out. For their backbreaking work, they do not receive wages.

They are working to pay off a debt.

In India they are known as bonded laborers, bound to those who gave them or their forefathers an advance or a loan. Human rights advocates call them modern day slaves.

"I cannot leave here unless I pay my debt," said Durgawati, a mother of three.