From CNN's Mallika Kapur
Chennai, India - Beaten with rods, belts and subjected to other forms of abuse, the bonded laborers toiled away in a tiny brick kiln in southern India day after day with little hope of freedom and escape.
But on a tip, officials from the government of Tamil Nadu state in India raided the kiln. What they found shocked them: More than 500 people living and working under a brutal and oppressive system.
"We worked all the time. We would only stop to eat," says 20-year-old Dambru Jani, who was rescued in the raid. "If we tried to rest, they'd abuse us and force us to work again."
Saju Mathew is the national director for the International Justice Mission, the human rights group that assisted the government with the raid. He said that even though India banned bonded labor in 1976, the practice of paying back a loan or advance with work, not money, still exists.
"The key thing you look for is, are they free?" says Mathew. "What you realize in bonded labor is that the owner decides when they eat, when they sleep, whether they are free to leave or not. All the terms of their life are now dictated by the owner."
In this instance, the laborers were given a cash advance of 10,000 rupees, or about $225, each. They were then taken hundreds of miles away from home to work at the brick kiln.
Which is where government official S. Kandaswamy, along with police authorities and the International Justice Mission, raided the kiln and took the owner by surprise. The raiders themselves were taken aback, too. Expecting to find around 200 people inside, they found instead more than 500, including women and children.
"More than 14 hours a day they are working," Kandaswamy said. "Sometimes, they are being beaten, and some harassment was noted by the laborers. No medical facilities. ... Bonded labor is against humanity, so it has to be curbed."
The owner of the brick kiln was held and released. The authorities have three months to file charges.
The government organized trucks to send the laborers to a school nearby, where they were given meals, police protection, medical treatment and counseling. They also given a certificate of freedom and a thousand rupees, or about $25, which is the first installment of rehabilitation funds the government will provide.
Special trains were also organized which gave the freed workers a ticket home.
Part 2: CNN's Mallika Kapur travels to the workers' homes to see how they're coping after being rescued.
How about paying them back their salaries?
That will not happen and you noticed the government has 3 months to file charges or accept enough bribes to not press charges. He is still in business. They need the bricks-demand is high. Greed dictates how that demand is met and who profits the most.
good idea but it can happen only in america!
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This is India. NOthing will happen. The government employeee who caught the owner he will be released in no time also the case will be dropped as well. Because the owner will bribe the gov't employee and everything would be back to where it was. But not instead of 500 it'll be 1000. India is called a free country. Free from the Great Britain but not from the effed up government. Also the Indian Embassy in US (especially Washington D.C) they treat all customers like shit.
brown people don't care for freedom, they want money.
"Brown People"? Your kidding me right? Stalin and Lenin wer not "brown people" and they certainly did not care for freedom. Neither did the plantation owners of the Antebellan south. Jesus on the other hand probably was a middle eastern "brown person" and taught a message of forgiveness. Don't you remember, "Do unto others......... "
George...I have a feeling that you have one tooth in the front of your mouth, long greasy hair, a dirty red truck, with a burning cross and a white sheet hanging off the back blowing in the wind as you drive down a dark road looking for someone to lynch.
How do you know dumbo. Your comments show you mental level. I am surprised to see that you are on Internet and can type.
Please do not pay attention to him. He is from Texas. His state fought with Yankees to continue slavery and lost. Yankees taught them a lesson. Colossal loss for him and his ideas!! Rest of America is not not like Texas.
You are being racist.
you are wrong moron. brown people work hard to make money, not like you dum
White people are masters of slavery
ummmmmmmm, its true, they do only want money. so good luck with that. they're just gonna go to same thing to next batch of poor people. no morals. wild krazy animals. better off with a british government. take offence. stereotypes didnt get to be stereotypes out of the thin air.
I bet your last name is Bush first name Richard....you know the rest
does it surprise you... clearly a moron and an idiot........ who has sex with farm animals..
not everyone in Texas is like this guy. John your as big of a jerk as George
I bet $1 those kilns were back in operation the next day with a fresh new crew.....
Live under your means. Most IT people I know live beyond them. We all don't need giant houses, filled with crap. They still make for an empty life.
Nope. They were shipped to an annex of MICROSOFT where they're re-enslaved and trained on phone tec-support outsourcing
You've got to copyright that term...RE-ENSLAVED. That truly is the fate of these folks and many like them. They go from one abusive master-slave relationship to another.
Sort of like getting a divorce and then getting married again
Probably correct, except with the current market I'd have to guess Apple.
I was thinking as I read the article: that sounds about like an American company before Christmas: "volunteers" working 14 hour days with no breaks, on your feet, and can't stop. Of course, we have benefits, but no pensions, and if we save, that goes away in stock prices falling. Used to be that banks gave 6 percent interest. Now they say save, but they have almost no interest on FDIC protected savings, and no protection on anything else. Why are we allowing ourselves to be enslaved by these big corporations?
Bonded labor is slavery and should be called bonded slavery, not bonded labor. Forced slavery is when the victim is captured against their will to be placed into a forced labor situation. Bonded labor is when the victim is tricked into the same situation by a cash advance.
And then what is debtors prison?
My guess is THAT would be the US version of bonded slavery except it would be protected by all form of legal mumbo jjumbo.
India needs sense of purpose. They should be given Bibles in their own languages and crush forever the self-defeating ideology that hardship from injustice is a fate.
If you are going to comment, at least TRY to post comments that are well-written and deal with the topic at hand, and refrain from posting some advertisement for your church. What self-defeating ideology are you referring to? If you cannot answer, than your posts are indicative of a self-serving ideology that does nothing to help them.
The only idiocy I see here is in your failed atheist logic. You obviously do not understand the freedom that comes from this particular faith. Christianity would do wonders for the convoluted mess that Hinduism has made out of Indian society and culture.
JustEven, Really? you really think so? Have you ever seen a Bagavadgita? I suggest you pick one one up and go through. I won't say you will be enlightened as that would be super stretch for you, but may be just may be, you will be able to peek your head out of the ignorant bliss you are completely immersed in.
While the Midival world based on skewed ideologies beat each other up, India prosphered as their belifs doesn't make them go through the in secure ideology of forcing their views on others. Hinduism helped India survive numerous invasion by self centered masses with ridiculous beliefs. In fact Hinduism is not some thing that you can tie up into a simple segregating term such a religion. Hinduism is not a religion, it is a life style, despite which god one prays to as long as they believe in the term "Manava Seve Madhava Seva" (Helping fellow being is helping God) they are Hindus. This is reason why Indian Muslims don't succumb to the turmoil that engulfed the rest of the Islamic world and Indians as Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, and Jews are able to survive in harmony and peace. Don't bring your silly religious propaganda into this. You can't compare these silly monotheistic religions to Hinduism as these religions first don't understand the concept of God. Hinduism sees God every where and in everything, that is the simple reason why it survived thousands or years of ideological invasions by self serving cultures. Coming to the article, these kind of things are happening all over the world, as long as Man acts on his selfish terms, these will repeat. Our job as humans is not to succumb to such temptations and move forward united against these atrocities .
Christianity is all about slavery, have you read the old testament. The white people in colonial times in the US used the bible to reason why slavery was all right. I don't know where you got atheism out of the original statement, but I am an atheist and all that means is that there hasn't been sufficient evidence to support a divine being idea. As far as slavery, most atheist are against it, but slavery and atheism are not intertwined subjects.
@Waves – Since we're talking Old Testament, let me bring up the Atheists Old Testament, called the Origin of Species, which also supports slavery. It claims that people of African and Australian Aboriginal origin are considered between chimpanzees and neanderthals on the evolutionary ladder and can be kept as pets or working stock (in essence, livestock). Therefore, Atheism is all about slavery as well. Many of the ships that brought over slaves from Africa also brought Charles Darwins book and ideals along with them.
I couldn't have laughed harder at your absurdity. Nowhere in Origins of the Species does it support slavery you lying christian fool...and as you being a christian you would lie about something you absolutely know nothing which you rail against.The monotheistic faiths are alays about prejudice,division and ignorance...you have certainly qualified as all 3.
The Sermon on the Mount was a rip off of the Bhagavad Gita and it has already been suggested that Jesus probably studied in India and learned quite a bit from Hinduism...the one and only true spiritual Philosophy!
Indian Muslims have avoided that? You've got to be kidding me. Violent (commonly involving fatalities) conflicts between Muslims and Hindus make the news pretty regularly. Seems like it's usually the Muslims who start it, but the Hindus are quite ready to retaliate. I realize this isn't *all* Muslims or *all* Hindus, but there are certainly people within those faith traditions who are willing to use violence, so don't try to frame it as if that's not true.
The Koran (or however you care to romanize the spelling) essentially calls for spreading Islam by any means necessary. People of "The Book" (that is, Jews and Christians) are supposed to be tolerated and allowed to practice their religion if they don't convert (but that seems to be honored more in the breach than in the observance), but people not "The Book" (and this would include Hindus), well, it's open season if they refuse to accept Islam from their conquerors.
Before anyone jumps on me, yes, I realize many Muslims today do not practice this (going out and conquering lands and converting them at gunpoint) but there are certainly some who still try, and others who sympathize with them. At the same time, it remains pretty difficult to be a Christian in a Muslim country, and hard enough to call impossible to be a Jew in Muslim countries (although this is not in keeping with what the Koran prescribes for the treatment of Christians and Jews in Muslim territories).
.... What a ridiculous comment. 1.) Imposing your religion on someone else is ALWAYS a brilliant idea.... 2.) Christianity is one of the major religions in India. 3.) Focus on the article and don't bring religion into it
4.) Technically speaking the Bible does not clearly state that slavery is wrong. In fact there are several passages on how a slave is supposed to behave.
Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed. If your master is a Christian, that is no excuse for being disrespectful. You should work all the harder because you are helping another believer by your efforts. Teach these truths, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them. (1 Timothy 6:1-2 NLT)
How is Cristianity a major religion in India? It is LESS THAN ONE PERCENT of the people in Indian.
Christianity is not the go to answer. There are so many religions in the world who is to say yours is any better than the many choices available.
A wonderful, logical, true statement Sheriff. Very few people try to understand the world outside the religion they are born into.
Best comment I have read so far! Kudos to you Sheriff! I am a Hindu, but I do believe that all religions have their own Philosophy that is for the betterment of the mankind. It is us – the ones who do not understand that Philosophy that end up portraying the religion(s) as extremism and so forth. No fault of any religion.
Amen :), what you are saying is completely true. Face it we are all full of our selves and sayin what we do is right 24/7. IN REALITY IT USUALLY IS NOT!
The bible condones slavery. Kinda like putting gasoline on a fire.
Yah. Because Jews and Christians have never had slaves
Christians (US) were in legalized slave trading most recently. They build there country (USA – at least the south) with slave labour and then started preaching that Slavery is bad.
Hey JustEven and Zelda,
How about I throw some light into history as I understand that you are very poor at it. The same bible reading Christians slaved India for 350 years and India got its independence in 1947 after lot of hesitation by the British. You religious zealots do not think that one religion is superior to others.
Let's stick with the topic. If you want to know what kind of slavery exists in a most modern country like US listen your radio once in while. Or Read a book by title "Tomatoland". The abusive slavery methods is what serving TOMATO needs your fastfood chains to everyday kitchens. In the bad lands of Florida where tomatoes are grown round the year on sandy soil are being picked by thousands of asian slaves. I am not talking about 180, 1990's.. this is still happening NOW as of 2011. This is just one kind of crop, imagine what's with dozens of other labor intensive crops. So, why don't you religious zealots drop your scriptures and visit those places to help the situation.
All it takes is one whacky comment by a person of faith to unleash a torrent of whacky responses by those of non-faith.
Bible thumpers live in a dream world. You tend to be the biggest liars, biggest fornicators, biggest child molesters, worst racist, biggest cheats with the congregations money. I don't want to hear anything you have to say. you use religions as a means to frighten and control. Most of you are probably going to hell.
The idea that God is going to destroy the world he/she/it created is kind of self-defeating.
Having lived in India for two years, Tamil Nadu, actually, and having attended church service there almost every week, I can't say that the congregation was any better than those who weren't Christian. Atrocities can be commited by either side, not that this is relative to the article at all, and having a Bible does not protect you against what I assume you would label as sin. Their "own language" is Tamil, by the way, at least in Tamil Nadu.
if inda needs bibles in their language you need to be taught and eduated more and learn how to be a little more worldly wise and a little less stupid! the Bible or Gita or Qoran can only teach the principles, the rest of it needs to be learnt by people like u who think since you have the Bible you can assume anything you want!
Are u kidding me?Do you know that Indian Christians have over 2000 year old history?????My ancestors were more likely christians even before yours...Do u know who St.Thomas was? (i ask that because i doubt that you are a true christian) Well,St.Thomas came to Kerala and preached the gospel after crucifixion.And yes we do have bibles in all our regional languages,thanks for your concern..but pls keep your advice to yourself.
You know that a lot of Americans are ill informed about life outside their cow towns. They don't realize their history is only few hundred years old, yes the United States is one of the new kids on the blocks unlike Chinese history dates over 10K years ago.... I swear they are aliens, they eat everything and anything! j/k I am aware that Americans are not the only ones who are full of themselves.... i've experienced so many different national ignorance (pride) and understood that it's wrong to try to argue with someone who has their head stuck up far in their arses. Btw i've heard from so many sales people about how they dread Chinese, Indian, and Jewish people. I wonder if some Jews feel Jewed by Chinese or Indians sometimes feel that Chinese or Jewish people are so cheap. In general, these people are so tight with their money, it's not funny. I had a Jewish friend negotiate with a waiter at Applebees. I over heard an Indian person once return a half drunken bottle of juice to Costco because they didn't like it.
"...They should be given Bibles in their own languages and crush forever the self-defeating ideology that hardship from injustice is a fate."
You mean the same Bible that was in vogue in the US when good christians and founding fathers of the US owned slaves? The same Bible that was used by the White evangelists to enslave Africans? Here is what Bishop Desmond Tutu (the Noble Laureate) said of the Bible and the White Man, during his struggles against apartheid in South Africa: "When the White Missionaries first came to Africa, they had the Bible and we had the land. Today we have the Bible, and they our land".
Zelda, how about trying some other Book, instead of the Bible. The Bible is a proven and effective tool FOR promoting slavery. Pastors and Priests in the US borrowed heavily from the Bible to mentally enslave the Black slaves in the US. When the slaves cried out to the Pastors as to how God and the Bible justified the horrors perpetrated on the slaves by their Christian White masters, the Pastors had this to tell the slaves, "Serve your white masters on earth, as you would serve your heavenly master after death". In other words, slavery was an opportunity provided to the black slaves to sharpen their devotion to their human masters here on earth, as a rite of passage, to be able to serve the Lord after death. The underlying message was to NEVER STEAL away to freedom from their white masters.
Since we are at it, one of our very super Christian Founding fathers who helped author seminal documents like the 'Declaration of Independence' and treatises on human rights and who declared that 'All men are born equal', himself owned slaves. Not only was he a strict slave owner, he was infamous for sexual dalliance with some of his female slaves, and even sired illegitimate slave children from some of his slave women. As you can well see, the Bible didnt do much to defang slavery here in the US. So I wouldnt go Bible peddling as a cure for bonded laborers in India just yet.
If it helps you sleep better tonight, let me enlighten you that a person of the lowest caste authored the Indian constitution, people from the lowest caste in India have become President. The Chief Minister (Governor as they are referred to in the US) of INdia's largest state is a woman from a low caste.... the American equivalent would be California having a Black woman governor 60 years after independence...that would be 1836, when infact they were busy picking cotton in slave farms. Why 1836, and why 60 years after independence, well here in the US you had 'Whites only' signboards as recently as 60 years ago. Black soldiers from the 'Negro regiment' of the US Army, were not allowed to drink from 'Whites only' faucets in train stations, even when they were being mobilized for war overseas...more than 150 years after independence. Do you know that even TODAY, in this day and age, there is a US Army base in the South were onofficial 'segregation' is prevalent?! The same black/white soldiers who do not mingle in that base unless officially required while in that base, become buddies when transferred to other bases...such is the stranglehold of centuries old tradition of segregation that continues to rear its head in that US Army base to this day.
In other words, my dear friend, when you point a finger at someone else, you may inadvertently have two of your own fingers pointing right back at you. For all its greatness and grandeur, the US isnt exactly the poster child of 'human rights' that Americans like to project themselves to be. At least not to the extent that merits the kind of brash and ignorant arrogance that comes naturally to you.
Most religions have goofed up history including Christianity. That is because all are created by men. All contain basic human wisdoms along with a lot of crap. Have to say though that India's caste system has to go. No place for that kind of thinking in a free society. Europe thought the same way once and you were born into your station in life with very little means of changing it. We still fight or need to fight those tendencies.
don't start a holy war with that comment here.... oh well too late... let the wrath begin! What do you call people who believe in God but not Jesus? Jewish? LMAO What's the difference between John Smith and Jesus? I like Jesus but I hate most Christians, I wonder why. I don't think the Bible helped the Americans from mistreating their slaves back in the olde days. I seriously think the religious people are the most evil people in this world... generalizing of course.
no they are better off believing in 20 million goddesses and gods, and gurus and shurus.........kr@zy
This owner was set free? I just dont get it!
I was wondering the same thing – was was he not held?
He has money
Hey, in America almost anybody can be freed on bail, unless they are accused of murder 1. The rich pay the bail and get out.
"The owner was set free. I just dont get it!"
Stop wracking your brains too hard. People here in the US are routinely 'set free' by the US court system, after the accused pay BAIL. I am sure you do GET IT when crooks in the US bail themselves out, right?
Now just use the same 'get it' part of your brain to extend the same courtesy to the crooks in India who use their money to furnish bail and be 'set free', till they have their day in court.
That 'set free' is nothing but 'Bail'. The journalist is obviously trying to sensationalize, else they would have used 'out on bail' instead of 'set free'. These journalists know how to push the buttons of the uninformed to get the waterworks going.
Give humans Bibles and make them fight back from within against all man-made and real evils on earth.
You mean things like the obnoxious bible-thumpers ?
stick your head back in the sand dumb azz
There is plenty of christian terrorists and other religious terrorists people India. They were there even before white christian terrorists came from Europe from 15th century onwards. And there is no shortage of those stupid books.
White Christians clutched their bibles and sang hymns while watching black men being lynched. It was a common festivity.
very true and sad
Kind of reminds you of how Hitler, Stalin, Pot, Kim, Mao, and many other dictators burned Bibles and Christians while professing natural selection as their reasoning.
Despite being prohibited in many countries, slavery is widespread in South Asia. Bonded labour, in which a person is bonded by a loan advance taken against their work, resulting in a loss of control over labour conditions and terms of work, is rooted in the caste system and related types of customary feudal agricultural relationships.
Dalit bonded labourers: Those who are employed as bonded labourers in South Asia are predominantly Dalits, also known as ‘untouchables’. According to an Anti Slavery International report, the vast majority (80%-98%) of bonded labourers are either from communities designated as “untouchable” or from indigenous communities. Weak economic positions and lack of access to resources increase Dalits' dependence on wage labour. Extreme poverty forces Dalits to take up loans and they hold no other assets to lever their debt other than their labour. In addition to poverty, practices of social exclusion of Dalits push them into bondage.
When Dalits try to exercise their rights or resist abuse and exploitation, they are faced with extremely hostile and sometimes brutal resistance by the higher caste villagers that uphold the hierarchy. Consequently, when Dalits resist their oppression, they risk complete boycott, cutting them off from land use, access to markets and employment. Other retaliations against Dalit assertion include killings, gang rapes, looting and arson.
More info on http://idsn.org/caste-discrimination/key-issues/bonded-labour/
Thanks for your informative comment. It's a breath of fresh air amidst the tedious religious flame war the comments section seems to have devolved into.
To Zelda – oh really! if bible is the answer to all the problem of the world then why not Tora, Kuran, Gita, and other religious scriptures? No true religion is superior to another, as all true religious teaching teaches same basic things. And if BIBLE is the solution then there would be no slave in USA and other parts of the world. Not many decades ago slavery in USA is an example. People who read BIBLE were the biggest slave owners......
The Bible is the story of a Saviour, who died to set all people free from religion. It's not about submitting to the motions and rituals of a child molester's god complex, eight-armed purple elephants, spaceborne pasta monsters, etc., etc.
I agree, modern day Christians are very egotistical and narrow minded when it comes to having a view of the world. It comes down to upbringing and intelligence. Things that America needs to work on... (School & Parenting)
As an American and a Christian, I would point out that the evangelical far right is a small but very vocal minority of the faith that is practiced privetly by most of its adherents. Just as all Muslims are not terrorists, all christians are not intollerant. That is why the founding fathers of America (who were largely humanists, i.e. Payne) made such a point of prohibiting the endorsement or suppression of any particular faith. This is admittedly a work in progress, but most of us are trying and we have not changed the constitution yet.
@Sheriff – It seems Atheists are just as intolerant, if not more so. They refuse to tolerate any religion beyond their own, strike out against other religions very vocally, and force their ideals upon our children in public schools.
@syama – Really? What about the slave owners who ran entire countries? People who had them working on commune farms in Russia, China, and other places. People like Vladimir Lenin, Josef Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao Zedong, and Kim Jong Il. It seems that a slave owner from the 18th Century with, at most, a thousand slaves would hardly compare (logically, not morally) to the Atheist men of the 19th Century with millions upon millions of slave workers running their countries for them.
Obviously the kiln owner didn't pay his monthly bribe to the local bosses.
There's 2 sides to a coin....Dalits in India have other rights like reserved seats in Schools, Universities, Govt, etc...and the number of these seats are growing each year, regardless of their capabalities to pass the exams, they're still guaranteed these seats. While, other students with great scores lose out on the admission, dalits still get in to schools and colleges due to this law passed by Gandhi...
What was done in this brick kiln was TOTALLY unacceptable & brutal... I hope they bring justice to the victims and penalize the owner of this business.....
What about modern day slavery, we in the company work 14-18 hours in our I.T field, but get paid for 8 hours only.
We work here sometimes for non stop 24/48 hours but get paid only for 8/16 hours only.
No doubt the working conditions here are different than in India but we also suffer here, just to save the job and we can pay the mortgage.
you are free to leave at time you want – no one beats you , dictates when you eat, sleep and pee
Big difference: It's employment at will
Keep drinking the Kool Aid.
Quit. Leave. Don't whine unless you are willing to do something about.
Being Salaried sucks.
Modern day slavery in the US, 2011: http://backstory.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/29/gang-sex-trafficking-and-the-internet/?iref=allsearch
1000 Rupees!? Are you kidding me? Like they've actually had the time to get the 24 gold bugs to give to Agatha for a wallet big enough to hold that many Rupees..
I see this happening in the US. Give the Republicans time, just give them time. This is clearly Tea Party ideology: a system of ideas and ideals, esp. one that forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy : the ideology of republicanism.
You are correct and insightful. A new and expanded valley of the poor will emerge, with blame and shame attributed to its inhabitants for not pulling up their boot strap. That's the emerging ideology.
LOLOLOL You know why the ultra libs hate the "Tea Party"? Because they are blind to the reality that just because you live, you don't deserve anything you are not willing to work and bleed for. Getting up everyday and pulling a breath is not a guarantee for success or opportunity. The world is full of people that would be more than happy to beat you down and take everything you have. If you don't think so, travel in the slums around the world. Keep to the point of the article. Someone told those people to take the money and do the work. Usually it is their own kin. Life is hard and there are too many people on the planet and too few resourses. WWWIII will happen for these two main reasons-survival of a nation and resources required.
I am a lib and I work hard. I don't expect people to get something for nothing, but I do believe in helping people out if they need help to get them back on to their feet. I do agree that welfare system needs to be changed to be more of a outlet to get people back on their feet and less of a never ending financial umbilical cord. I don't put much faith in complete capitalism (sp?) nor do I put faith in complete socialism, I believe a balance is the best way to go. I disagree with the republican and tea party because they both use fear as a tool.
I read this same story 20 years ago, and you'll read it 20 years from now. India grows more than enough food to feed itself, but exports it while it's people starve.
Wow, they have Republicans in India, who knew?
Right...good thing they were there to set these poor people free. Much like Lincoln did when the Democrats wanted to expand slavery beyond the southern states in my country.
Tell you what.You find a Democrat who supports slavery and I'll give you Rand Paul.Fair enough?Things change.Do you really think Lincoln would be accepted by modern Republicans?
Yeah, it's bizarre. Kind of like the Liberals in China, the ones who support forced abortion, child labor, and won't tolerate any religion.
Lincoln was a republican. After the Civil War, the Democrats were the ones enacting Jim Crow laws, etc. in the South. Then, when Civil Rights legislation was proposed, the opposition was led by Democrats, with Robert Byrd filibustering. Don't let the fact get in your way.
We support slavery as we purchase products that result from it. There should be a mark on products from offending nations. For example; Certified Free Labour Product or This product was made at a Certified Free Labour Facility should appear somewhere on the product.
How about buying US products? They are more expensive, but at least you know who/where they where made. We need less junk in our lives and more life experiences.
Peggy, you can purchase products like that. Look for the "Fair Trade Certified" stamp. These are companies who have partnered with organizations that provide fair wages for poor people, especially women.
"The best argument against democracy is a 5 minute conversation with the average voter". - Winston Churchill.
The comments for this article are the best proof of this I've ever seen!
I am reminded of the professor who, in his declining hours, was asked by his devoted pupils for his final counsel. He replied, 'Verify your quotations.'
Sir Winston Churchill, quoted in Rudolf Flesch, ed., "The New Book of Unusual Quotations" (NY: Harper & Row, 1966), p. 311
it is really a great thing that cnn is focussed on slave labor and human trafficking in india and nepal.
i notice that the indian people are now more educated and they will not put with inhumanity. they are now even protesting in big numbers against their own government in new delhi which is both corrupt and atrocious -just like this kiln owner – who badly beat up the demonstrators. we all think india is a democracy. it is a democracy only until the rulers feel threatened when the freedom of protest is in action. cnn should give big coverage to protest in india. a truly free india will mean free islamic world soon because all brown people love to copy india as you may have noticed..
Soon they will all come to America, open 7-11's, and then abuse their own employees. Ain't life grand????
Thank God these slaves were rescued and freed. I wish them well.
Those responsible should be put in prison for the rest of their lives.
Great society and this is the place the CEO's of major corporations are sending jobs – where are their ethics
So how is this practice any worse than giving somone a 20K credit card limit and a 300K home loan, letting them max out the credit, and then letting them default. The person who ran up the debt walks away while the rest of society has to pay it back. At least these Indian work camps make the debt holder responsible for their debt.
I am not sure if we need to be happy that these people are rescued. I would say we need to be more cautious. We have a corrupt government in India which is being controlled by Sonia Gandhi (she somehow got the Gandhi name attached to herself, making people believe she is a Gandhian!). What will happen next is that all the criminals who are "caught" will have to pay bribes, depending upon the crimes and then there will be a "repercussion". All these people who are caught will go back with vengence to the villages and hound the men, women and children. At that time, neither CNN, nor Mallika Kapur, nor Saju Mathew will be there. For CNN and all others, they have gotten the limelight, made their money. To be honest, the people who are rescued have moved into the fire from the frying pan. The fire will burn them later. And when that happens, none of us will know. The cycle continues. We need India to be taken over by the army. About time.
Sounds more like a Racist hate speeech then any thing. No one person in India controlls any thing.All political parties in India are the same. We have had others run the nation and to be quite frank they do no better . So stop posting B.S hate speech against individuals.
The Army eh? Can you show one country where this worked out well?
Saudi Arabia, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iran are some of the best places on earth to go and work
You better go and see a psychiatric
Here is the catch. The owner of this Slave work camp is released and TRUST ME , HE WILL NEVER SERVE ANY JAIL TIME FOR HIS CRIMES ! He will buy his way out by paying top Gov officials and corrupt Law inforcement officials. This is all most like an operation run by the MOB. Its not easy to jail these people as they are so powerful and well connected.
He will simply go and start another Slave worker Camp some where else.
These aint real slaves like my ancestors were. These people just make our struggle that much harder against the white man.
what the hell are you even saying?!
The level of complexity and degree of order that shows in existance has already proven that the Chaos theory is bogus. Only intelligent design could account for its level of organization, As far as these world religions go. Please kill your selves and save the world from your stupid ideals. They say the devil is in the details and anyone who claims to know more than base philosiphy is a deceiver and a fool. You all are my enemy and i can model your fail without effort as it is indeed inevitable. Your all DA
All these arguments based on religion are stupid. In the end, God=LOVE, nature = LOVE, peace = LOVE. At least one of these three components will stick out in someone's belief system no matter if you're a christian, a buddhist or an aethist etc. If you believe in evil, well then, you are evil if you worhip torture, hatred, murder and greed. These fights over religion are a waste of time....who was here first, the chicken or the egg. Humans EVOLVED though trial and error, though survival of the fittest (im throwing in the Darwanian philosophy here because organisms including bacteria, plants, diseases, brains, neurology, history, EVERYTHING EVOLVES and the strongest ideas or organisms survive). We are HUMAN, we are NOT PERFECT. But we can reach out for perfection and always learn from our experince and thorugh others. We can read books, and we should be open to other cultures, other beliefs, other views. We don't have to agree with them, but the more we know, the more we learn, the more powerful we are becuase we are growing within. So now some people learned that bonded labor still exists; that's great that we all learned it, but now, someone might do something about it and help in some way. Every little act counts. So instead of closing your mind and just believing in one thing and not even opening that thick skull of yours to see, feel and try to understand anyone else other than you, reach out and open that door to expand of what you know about the world.
STFU about the religion part. Many bonded laborers in India are Christians as they are often the backward people easily converted and duped. As long as bribes can keep these factory owners in business, the practice of bonded labor will never stop.
A bad mark on India for sure. However, we are much better off from your homeland – Pakistan. We dont f**k our sisters and have a harem of 4 women.
Accept shame... thats it for now and $hut your mouth... india is not more then a big hollow balloon.....
You ugly black bhaRATis don't fvck your sisters, but even worse, you fvck dogs.
You also like to drink your precious gau jal and swim in the excrement infested ganga.
So keep enjoying your gau jal and rat milk, in the meantime, I'll have a Pakola.
there were 500 of them kept in slavery by one owner!
why could 500 not stand up to one guy?
do brown people have a sense of freedom? you have to really wonder.
Hello pbass – did you not have history lessons in high school – about what happned to 6 million people in NAZI Germany during WW 11
It is not about the color of the skin you fool – it is about human vulnerabilities !!
folks, if something happens just too routinely in a particular race, then it is a racial issue.
You join the Tea party or work for Buchannan
If the republicans had their way, that's how things would work in the U.S.
the kiln ceo surely will have best productivity to report for the quarter, which all republican would applaud, toasting free market..
white people's burden: teach brown people about freedom.
since freedom can't be taught in a classroom where brown people can score an a+, the white people have no choice but to conquer these brown lands again and teach by example.
Yeah,right.The Brits did a great job teaching Indians and Africans about freedom.At least the lack of it anyway.
This is sooo very sad. We don't know how blessed we are until we hear about things like this. It is very disturbing and really tugs at the heart. I still don't understand how the owner got away with doing this. Just like someone said, he will just replace them. I can't believe these horrible things are still happening today.
Want to improve condition in slave countries. Just ask you portfolio managers not to invest your money in countries with human right abuses.
Most of the money in big hedge funds and mutual bonds ultimately goes to India, China and other offending countires like Saudi Arabia. we just talk.
"The raiders themselves were taken aback, too. Expecting to find around 200 people inside, they found instead more than 500, including women and children."
There is that "Women and children" phrase again CNN likes so much. Male slaves or bonded labor is somehow different????
Wow, this is horrible. May ALL slaves be freed!
Kiln? So, what is going to be in short supply at Wal Mart now?
There are many thousands of bonded laborers from India working in Dubai. They were shipped there to do construction, and they are not allowed to leave until they pay back the advance they were given. The problem is, because of the financial crisis, there is no work for them, so they aren't getting paid. They are forced to live in labor camps, and their passports were confiscated and will only be returned when their advance is paid in full...which they can't do as long as they are not allowed to work. On top of that, they are charged for room and board, which is added to the bill they must repay before their passport will be returned.
I remember a National Geographic article about this 10 years ago. Way to be on top of things CNN, there are 25 million slaves world wide
When did this happen? The story does not give a date.
So the victims are shuttled out of sight and out of mind. Should the story end there? Follow up with the owner of the kiln. How was his release justified? Does he bribe he way out of this situation, and how much does it cost? Does he own back-pay to the per-hour equivalent of a "working wage"?
You see i believe this slavery has nothing to do with Hinduism, however i think the Indians now got the idea that any religion other than Christianity be that islam or others are always to blame. I guess Chritians are pure, at least some of them think this way... and not look at the most number of people they slaved over the last 400 years...
Just shows the India has no rules either. These are the same people who have taken thousands of jobs fro the U.S. Time for the U.S. to shut the door on outsourcing. Slap huge fines on U,.S. companies that outsource jobs overseas. We don't need a bunch of ragheads taking our jobs. SCREW INDIA!
Why don't these ugly black bhaRATis just get a job at the nearest gau jal factory instead those who'd exploit them.
like these people:
Thanks for rescuing them.
As long as "the Caste System" persist in INDIA...this will continue to occur. Why won't anybody recognise how ugly India's caste system is?
Thanks CNN for revealing the real face of India. Where are those proud indians now who claims that they are the worlds largest democracy. These type of things dont happen in democracy.
maybe not, but the freedom to report such happenings is what democracy is about...
I'm so jealous of Tamil men. They get to marry and fvck the most beautiful 6itches in the world
Like this guy:
Shame on you india.........
Yes. India has a long way to go. However, it is in a much better shape than its neighbor Pakistan. We paid them $20 billion. They still are biting the hand which feeds them. There they want to execute a woman under some blasphemy law just because she is Christian. Evolution seems to have stopped in Pakistan. India has its own issues but it still seems much more advanced than Pakistan.
Oh yes India is so much more advanced than Pakistan.
That's why India has almost double the poverty rate of Pakistan.
41.6% of India lives on less than $1.25 a day. The corresponding percentage in Pakistan is 22.5%.
And India is the worst ranking Asian country on the hunger index. The only countries with worse hunger than India are in sub-saharan Africa.
Rudhir, have pasted it, and it apaeprs it is awaiting review. Assuming all articles need to be reviewed, is there a way for me to receive an alert once the article is reviewed and available on the website? Thanks.
America continues to have its own very profitable form of slavery. This is called ALIMONY. This is where a man is captured to be a slave after a failed marriage. Is major flaw is studying hard in school and sacrificing for his family. He is then forced to be the slave of his ex wife–a human who has sworn to be his enemy even if he just wants to get on with his life. The CNN "freedom project" never talks about alimony clearly violates the 13th amendment of the US constitution. Some will say no one who is subjected to alimony slavery is forced to work. Well, if you are a man in America and you don't work, you don't eat. Eating is a necessity for life. You cannot lock a bunch of people in a room and drop a canister of poison gas in it and then claim "no one forced them to breathe; they chose to breathe of their own free will". Please end this hideous act of slavery and involuntary servitude along with sex slaves, child slaves and all other forms of slavery.
I'm sorry, but there is NOTHING shocking about this. I'm an American living in Bangalore, India. This is happening on every other street corner and at every construction site throughout India. If you don't see this then you're NOT paying attention. And the government officials don't give a hoot about it! This article is a joke! The government is a huge part of the problem why this problem persists. This article gives a false sense that government officials care about the disenfranchised of India. A vast majority of them do not. It's why the system is so prevalent.
The government is trying to help. They actually are working to stop this. One day this will be gone.
CNN and Mallika Kapoor should first look at the indirect bonded labor system in the US. Immigration is its name. With all the technology in the world, do you think US cannot prevent illegal immigrants from entering the country? They want illegal immigrants do their shitty jobs. Why is US neither legalizing nor deporting illegal immigrants but let them always live under uncertainty. So that they can be exploited by its citizens ? Several illegals are living in dumps and working multiple jobs, long hours, no benefits. How is this any different from the Brick Kiln in India?
There was a story about this thing about 20 years ago on the History channel.What took them so long to clean house on just one brick Yard. The people in that part of the world sell their own children into slavery..Not just India but all the countries around that part of the world do it.Even their Daughters are sold into arranged Marriages for Money.These people are sick.
it hurts me a lot to see that much number of slave got free...lol keep it india i love it.
How can US compete against free labor country like India.
I bet the Indian gov't about it for a long time.
saley chuutiye indian
And the Indian gov't are shocked that this was going on in their country.
ok nice start but what about the other "30million" slave in india? hmm. i was horrified the last time i was in india. there was a family that was clearly not poor. any way so this family mom, dad, and toddler, and a girl no older then 12 in bleached out old clothes "was the nanny/maid/house keeper"(she very dark skinned where as the family was very light skinned) they where out at the open air market. i pointed out this family to my companion and asked if she thought that the girl was part of that family. well the answer was yes! then i said 'lets just tag along and watch'(i love watching people[not a peeping tom] but how they interact with each other). then the dad did not like something the girl in rags did/said and gave her a very heavy slap. she cried. i asked companion 'does that look like something a father would do?'. point being that she was most likely sold off by her parents because they were in debt or something of that kind. sad to say but there are millions like her out there in the world. not to mention all the sex slave out there not only in india or third "world" countries.
the larger issue is that these people need education, skills, job training and yes jobs. this is a terrible cycle that will never end. there is to much profit to be made and the human being is just a greedy animal that wants more and more and more. i am not rich but by the standards of the people in this report i would be considered rich. i really need to pinch my pennies as well.
It is sad to know that there is such a digital divide in India. We only get to meet the educated and fortunate ones here. However, there are so many poor, hard working people living there working so hard to make a living. The working condition for these people is almost unbelievable. Government in India does not seem to enforce laws.
It was reported yesterday that a Foxxconn (the company that makes ipad for Apple) worker suddenly die while he's having a shower. His parents claimed that heavy pressure in his work place caused his death.
Why such commotion involving religions in slavery? It has been an ancient institutions. Perhasps ha phase of evolution of collective human history where greed and exploitation of weak by the poerful prevailed. Its mention in is in oldest of all Faiths Epics of Hinduism bearing the titles of "Daas" and "Daasi"(for frmale slave). Hindu gods were merry making with the assortment of "Dassis" as their divine previlage. Judo-Christin old and nre testaments have not dondemned the Practice. Islam in 700AD has accepted as natural division of human race. In 1400 BC ratio of Freemen ro Slave was 30:70. In 700BC to 1000AD it was 50:50. Because nit evry one can be Master. There had to be slaves to completr thr human Society and achieve Progress. To day we have under ground slabe shops in EU and US often raided by Police. INDIA'S
What the heck is all of about this "shame on India" nonsense?? You guys are fools about this incident. I understand that this is a unjustifiable act, yet THIS DOES NOT REPRESENT INDIA!!! In every country on this planet, these kinds of things happen. Developed or undeveloped, these horrid acts still occur. And all of you idiotic and ignorant racist imbeciles that are focused on defaming and criticizing India, shut up, and go back to your OWN LIVES, and question whether you YOURSELF are so-called "Moral" and "righteous." And before you make any statement, CHECK YOUR FACTS. Stop criticizing "the brown people" and go back to European History. HOW MANY PEOPLE DIED IN STALIN'S GREAT PURGE??? NAZI GERMANY????? THE ATROCITIES COMMITTED BY EUROPEANS AGAINST NATIVE AMERICANS??? And if you're not Indian, you have no RIGHT to adverse the caste system, or any of our Hindu traditions and culture because quite frankly, MOST OF YOU are making false accusations and conclusions. Go back to your high school history teachers your morons.
communists should have ruled Tamil Nadu like in Kerala.
"No medical facililties.. not enough pay..." I thought that was reserved for America's middle class.... This is American Capitalism at its finest...
So what were they making (pottery?) and did I buy anything manufactured by a slave? The thought makes me sick to my stomach.
So now all of the manufacturing industry in india is slave labour? Are u nuts? Just buy American if you are worried...but very soon you might just run out of options because like it or not America is not the only global power.Also globalization is not a one way street...if American corporations sell their KFC and Cofe/Pepsi there...the profits come here...so please people use your brain.And as far as slavery is concerned Americans are not off the hook...
I once worked for man from India in the US. We were all paid very well, but he only hired blond women, and would try to see if he could sleep with us all the time. He was discusting. He was also married to a beautiful India woman, he said that it was an arranged marriage. He treated us all like we were in his harem, and would fire anyone without notice that would complain about his behavior, talk about sexual harassment. Everyone hated him and we all tried to piss him off and screw up all the work he wanted us to do.
I read all these post .... nd thngs I could understand .... Religion and Politics is intriguing for human mind... now I understand the reason for all the wars, riots etc...do u see this ??? The point of the article is totally lost..... Being an Indian a question for myself and fellow Indians... Are we ready to use the RTI act to know what happens to these so called " bonded slaves" after two weeks from now??? Too those in America as being a fellow who resides in America.... I appreciate ur feelings and ur gestures but please do not comment on something just because u read an article.... I know the difference nd we cannot speculate about a country when u stay in your own .. stop doing this elsewhere also .. do not speculate the welfare of others if you don't know them well .
An earth-ian by heart
Dude, I can find you the SAME slaving conditions for ANY Walmart here in the USA. Walmart decides when you can eat, when you can sleep, heck, are you even a human being! And if you protest, you are fired AND they sue you for damages you've bestowed on them!
But of course it's not your concern. You're only wearing shoes made by SLAVE LABOR, you're wearing a T-shirt made by SLAVE LABOR, you're trolling on the internet on a desk carved by SLAVE LABOR, and the very bedsheets you'll be sleeping on oh so comfortably have also been made by SLAVE LABOR!
It's not your fault! You only get the CHEAP PRICE to pay for that SLAVE LABOR, since it's your birthright as the obviously most discriminated, most exploited, most downtroden human being on Earth, as opposed to those selfish, ungrateful, overpaid, overpromoted SLAVE laborers whose labor you rely on...
"Jack Hinton of Kenney, Ill., was sentenced to jail indefinitely after falling behind on a court order that he pay $150 a month on a debt of $6,440. Hinton, a self-employed roofing contractor, said he had broken his neck and back in a fall, but the judge noted that Hinton used $1,000 for other bills rather than his court-ordered payments. He was ordered to the county jail until he could come up with $300.
After three hours in a holding cell, his wife got him released by borrowing on a credit card. "I couldn't pay, and I was stuck in jail until I did," Hinton said. "How is that any different from debtors prison?"" Or for that matter any different from "bonded labor".
Exodus 5:4-18 But the king of Egypt said, “Moses and Aaron, why are you taking the people away from their labor? Get back to your work!” Then Pharaoh said, “Look, the people of the land are now numerous, and you are stopping them from working.”
That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people: “You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw. But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’ Make the work harder for the people so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.”
Then the slave drivers and the overseers went out and said to the people, “This is what Pharaoh says: ‘I will not give you any more straw. Go and get your own straw wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reduced at all.’” So the people scattered all over Egypt to gather stubble to use for straw. The slave drivers kept pressing them, saying, “Complete the work required of you for each day, just as when you had straw.” And Pharaoh’s slave drivers beat the Israelite overseers they had appointed, demanding, “Why haven’t you met your quota of bricks yesterday or today, as before?”
Then the Israelite overseers went and appealed to Pharaoh: “Why have you treated your servants this way? Your servants are given no straw, yet we are told, ‘Make bricks!’ Your servants are being beaten, but the fault is with your own people.”
Pharaoh said, “Lazy, that’s what you are—lazy! That is why you keep saying, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the LORD.’ Now get to work. You will not be given any straw, yet you must produce your full quota of bricks.”
oops!, I forgot to say that this story reminds me of the jews in Egypt
The West will continue to waste everything they have including the lives of their soldiers by refusing to give pagans the Bibles that they need. Pathetic.
Goodmorning from Greece. All we are creature of the same God, no ones has right up to the other, we must give respect to every one. Thank you.
As an Indian, there is some exaggeration in this story no doubt. But there is a lot of exploitation of labourers in the form of less than minimum wages, poor working conditions, corruption etc here.
All the Indians blindly supporting India should $hut the fcuk up...India has a LOT of bad things happening
Why would the owners be set free?
I hope those responsible for this will be put to death and it is published. Maybe further scum will learn, maybe not.
WHAT THE FRACK IS GOING ON HERE......IM LITERALLY GOING " http://myfacewhen.com/323/ " RELIGION HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS ARTICLE AT ALL.... SO THERE IS NO POINT IN BRINGING IT IN TO CONTEXT.
and seriously http://myfacewhen.com/286/
The problem is that there are so many poor people without a job back home, they are not educated and the only options they have is to work at these bonded labor type of places or starve to death. So it is up to the Indian government to provide free education even at remote places around India so kids finish school and have a better future.
WELL DONE to CNN for the Freedom Project – raising the world's awareness of modern day slavery is a very important first step.
The dumber the slave the better, that's why African's make the best slaves! They're TOTALLY stupid!
An African named Philip Emeagwali has an IQ of 190. What's yours? Since all Africans are stupid, your IQ should be higher, correct?
You're a racist idiot walt235. To think that a group of people are stupid makes you even stupider, because clearly that is not a fact. It's like looking up at the sky and saying it's green, when in actuality it's blue. What a incompetent fool you are.
Dis blog is to coment on strategy by which we could annihilate slavery but we cant do that when we'ourself are enslave.
Some people have commented that slavery is in the old testament in the Bible. You are correct. Think of the Jews in Egypt. Maybe you forgot- God sent Moses to set them FREE. He is not a God of chains.
I respect CNN for the Freedom Project that raises awareness to the horrors of slavery all around us.
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