June 29th, 2011
11:07 AM ET

What's next for rescued slaves?

CNN's Mallika Kapur reported on how more than 500 slaves were rescued from a brick kiln in southern India. But what happens to the victims after the rescue?

Topics: Life In Slavery

soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Sharon

    Will they be rehabilited and reintegreted? Or will ther simply return them to families that might have sold them in the first place? The Indian government should please try to actually implement heir laws. The constitution should have more weight than tradition

    June 29, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Reply
    • joelle esther benyayer

      can we said in europa they was the first to sales slaves and after the muslims in africa well the slavery dont move and yes still the seem today in 2011 in europa the dutchs german and some english but also spanish was the biggest marchands of human beings joelle esther benyayer

      July 25, 2011 at 10:41 am | Reply
  2. Zelda

    They need Christian education, nothing else. All other religions or ideologies will bring people right back to darkness and other forms of slavery. Secularism brings one into destructive godlessness, purposelessness, and perversion.

    June 29, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Reply
    • Michael

      Zelda.. are you kidding me? Perhaps you should read your own holy book and see what it says about slavery: for example Leviticus 25:44-46 or Exodus 21:20-21

      June 29, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Reply
      • Rob

        I have, but I've also read the whole book and understand what it means which is all about love.

        June 29, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
      • NYMOM

        Rob, I've ready the whole thing too and it's quite clear that the bible supports slavery. There is much in the bible that would horrify many Christians if they actually read it. My understanding is that Christians are to endure all the hardships of this life as they have another better life coming to them after they die. To me it sounds like propaganda to make the downtrodden and poor content with their lot in life.

        June 30, 2011 at 12:26 am |
      • Sharon

        The Bibile does not support slavery Michael. Those passages are there because it was customary at that time to own slaves. Not because God wanted people to be slaves at all. If you read other passages int he Bible, you would see that God allowed polygamy, but it not a part of his original plan for mankind( Gen.2:18,22-25). When Jesus came, he made that clear when he said one man for one woman(Read:Mat 19:3-9, 1Co 7:39,12-16; Eph 5:28-31). You get the point? if you have other questions, please don't fail to ask so we can talk. add me on Skype: sharon.call

        By the way, those who say Indians should become Christians, were the Americans and Europeans who perpetrated the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade not Christians? It's not about religion, it's about that evil part of human beings that if not curbed want others to slave for them.

        July 1, 2011 at 7:38 am |
    • Fred

      Thanks Zelda. We can always use a few more fresh choir boys to pet. Yummy little creatures. I'll show them how to honor and worship god, yes indeedy. Such a great religion to let us peddies have so much fun and get be tax free too. Yeah for the United States of America.

      June 29, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Reply
    • NYMOM

      Christianity has been a major religion in India for 2000 years and it's as likely the slaver was Christian as any other religion.

      June 30, 2011 at 12:45 am | Reply
    • Zelda

      You are all wrong. Only the Bible enabled people to abolish slavery and establish the human freedom for the past and present. Present secular Westerners are incapable interpreting the Scriptures because they never read anything with context; the reason they are being enslaved by immorality and the middle class enslaved by the super rich. India has been locked up by Hinduism. Dalits' only chance is Christianity.

      June 30, 2011 at 4:18 am | Reply
      • Sensible

        Zelda pls stop it...i know that you are trying to rile up people here....but Christianity exists in India....and Indian Christians have a history of over 2000 years.While we cannot deny the existence of caste system & slavery it is illegal...just like racism but it still exists right????

        June 30, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
      • adfwetg4w

        Do you know anything about Hinduism?
        IT speaks for equality for all.
        The problem is people not religion.
        Hinduism speaks of equality and justice for everyone.

        July 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • saiO'

      ignorance, zelda know more and u can think better,. all 'they' need is knowledge of the world not religious education,. ty,

      June 30, 2011 at 4:45 am | Reply
    • Michelle

      Zelda, what world are you living in?? Close-mindedness makes you look foolish...

      July 4, 2011 at 1:27 am | Reply
  3. ihatecorruption

    and what happened to the victims before they became slaves?..

    June 29, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  4. Ron

    As a former slave held in Phoenix az I can tell you the last thing you should be arguing about is religion. Slavery is all about money nothing more nothing less. I was held for 10 months working from 72 to 100 hrs a week and was paid $100.00 for the privalidge. All the rest was taken and we will see if I ever see it. I was able to get out and have rescued to this day 1 other and am working on more. I was lucky to get out am currently sueing my former captures in court trying to gain freedom for others. For all of you slavery is everywhere not just overseas. By the way yhe slave ring I was in was enslaving american citizens as hotel workers all citizens and most U.S Military veterand down on their luck. I would like to free all of them but can only do it one at a time

    June 30, 2011 at 2:35 am | Reply
    • JJ

      Slavery is about money. The culprit is greed, nothing else. Stop pointing fingers and start extending your hands out in help and rescue of others. If you don't want to, you don't have to but you do need to stop bickering. You do nothing but squander the efforts of good people helping and rescuing and minimizing victims trauma. So, Lead, Follow or get out the way.

      Ron, I applaud you for rescue efforts. You should speak around your community and in classrooms all over your area. I grew up in East Los Angeles and I seen an apartment complex surrounded by a swat team. It was down the street from me. Americans and Chinese immigrants were held as slaves right in our suburban neighborhood for over a year and non of us had a clue. The story here is being distracted by tounges who give arguement to cause and no action behind their bickering. It's regressive not progressive.

      God Bless you and march forward.

      August 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  5. Zelda

    Slaves as well as peasants need the Bibles and literacy that goes along with it. Only the Bible enables defenseless humans rogorously fight back any villains. What the Bible-illiterate Westerners are saying is worthless.

    June 30, 2011 at 4:24 am | Reply
    • saiO'

      ah, u wish !! clarifying your doubts, thats good.

      June 30, 2011 at 4:50 am | Reply
    • Grenado4

      zelda whose to say literacy goes along with the bible only! i suggest that u broaden ur understanding of other religions before u start commenting as such! and it is not the bible that one needs to fight back on such social problems...what one needs is education and knowledge..and religion ,be it any, cannot really fulfil this!

      July 6, 2011 at 5:19 am | Reply
  6. richard

    If you want to join in this fight, donate to ijm, or some other abolitionist group, and raise awareness.

    Trivializing human life knows no national, geographic, cultural, or economic boundaries. If you want to find a solution, I suggested first finding a way to stop your own tendency to trivialize and abuse the people in your life.

    Economic solutions alone will not solve this, as the failed Marxist states have shown us.

    You have to want to do something to stop it. You.

    June 30, 2011 at 7:02 am | Reply
  7. Donnie

    We are all slaves to money!

    June 30, 2011 at 10:18 am | Reply
  8. jeansmith

    in my opinion is what in the world rich peoples are doing , ? it is their money i , but thats waisting off ! why can investment for something good reason? in the future amrican start it to very concerned population , if keed hatch of alike
    alike now it maibe hurting to goverment's , it's nobody's falt but they like blame it on to goverment , american had a enough for slavery's , don't we?

    June 30, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  9. Surendra Kumar

    The Indian Government should be ashamed of itself that we the people of Indian origin living all over the world have to witness thru CNN freedom projects(slavery) and other squatter problems(exploiting) in Mumbai etc;etc.
    It is about time that their leaders should stop boasting about :Nuclear power ,IT professional ,Stupid Bollywood movies ,Holy gurus and all other hypocrites and start to do something about the lifestyle of their average citizen

    July 2, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  10. Thomas Jefferson

    Someone needs to be a sex slave afterall, it won't suck itself!

    July 5, 2011 at 11:05 am | Reply
  11. frances

    Our govt. needs to demand accountability for the billions we give these foreign govt.s for their people. Where the hell is it going? Then we get the guilt trip that we don't give enough when we are or have worked our butts off to keep our heads above water. In these countries why can't they build reservoirs to catch the water during their monsoon seasons; Africa and India are surrounded by water; the technology exists to remove salt from ocean water. Before our govt. sends the Troops in for war as usually happens send the Troops in with the contractors to build the plants, teach the people how to run them; make this deal with their governments; you want our help you do it our way or forget it!

    July 6, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Reply
    • Auth

      WOW! That was really good! Awesome job on the reasrech and the delivery; kudos to you on this post Abraham. This is truly a thought invoking blog that causes one to reflect on beliefs held, to consider the origin of those beliefs, and to face whether beliefs held are closer in proximity to actual truths or mere results of popular opinions formed in ignorance of truth. Proverbs 24:14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou has found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off. KJV

      December 18, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Reply
  12. frances

    Once more and i will shut up; the deserts flourish with irrigation; absolutely flourish as they have not been planted before; the West Texas desert is an example; the huge irrigation ditches would be a mistake as they would pose a terrific danger to human life in these countries; the pipeing need to be just that; large pvc to form a network. It would have to be a major project in one area or two and all at one time and heavily guarded by our Troops with machine guns. Our military have paid the price over and over trying to help when the rats stand by ready to slaughter our kids. I am sick of it. Get in there big time and get one big job done; it will prove itself; write gift of USA on the tank and get out. If they blow the damn thing up then to hell with it; it is bye bye US dollars. Make it about water. It is about water; that is it. I don't see why we can't do this in the States also with some states flooding and we are drying up again. We had an 11 yr drought in the 50's in Tx; the newscasters weren't born yet apparently as they don't mention it; it was actually a 14 yr drought but we had a few showers in those last 3 yrs so we couldn't call it that; the rivers dried up; it was hell. Take the 3 billion dollars our govt is going to give Pakistan and help our own people in the USA and if we want a humanitarian project then get them clean water-it is done i believe or can be done with heat; removes the salt; a Viet Nam war veteran said he was trying a project at home thinking he could get something started for these countries. If some guy can try this in his own yard or kitchen and he doesn't accidentally blow his house up the least our country can do is get the technology going and send the package with instructions and lots of guards. I am sick of seeing our people burnt and dismembered by a bunch of idiots. Our Bible IS a historical document and we Christians/Catholics DO consider it the Word of God but we don't butcher them for not respecting it when they have in full glee done so. Either give them the technology for the people and not the cash; our people need the jobs and it would create jobs for India and Africa alike. Wait-that is too easy.

    July 6, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Reply
  13. frances

    OK I lied; i will say one more thing; then i promise this time to shut up. A guy I once worked in the same place told me how to grow okra years ago "you plant it like you're trying to kill it"; it does well planted in heat, doesn't take a whole lot of water (everything needs water) but this doesn't take excessive water. The pinto bean would be another good crop (I am just guessing at this) as it is a hot weather crop and a bean; this might very well be accustomed to an East Indian and African diet? I think they would like it. I have tried to think what would grow there that would provide good nourishment and blend with their tastes. These people have made it on nothing, bare existence; can you imagine how they would flourish with just water. It just ain't right. We have to protect our own first and go in with a kind heart and an iron fist. No more hanky panky we pay you billions to kill us and lie to us. Take it or leave it. Yes i am a senior citizen Texan for generations behind me and yes i believe in a fair trial by jury; yes -go ahead and stone me on here-there was no hard evidence against Casey Anthony; how many Bible Christians would like to stone to death this Catholic now? I don't believe in the death penalty either; boy i am worse for wear in your books now. It is about WATER!!!!! Trouble is with too many big outfits in govt. it is about oil always; always oil.

    July 6, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  14. Ian Chovil

    The comments here are bizarre. What is at issue is taking advantage of vulnerable people. It is not just exploitation, it is a kind of apartheid, where the virtual slaves are inherently inferior to their masters and can justifiably be used to support their masters lifestyle and value system. I thought the guy involved in rehabilitation who stated that first, we want these people to never enter into this kind of relationship again, was really on the mark. Here in Canada we have a problem of battered women, who can now seek refuge in women's shelters, but the next relationship they become involved with is often just a replay of their previous relationship of abuse. Why is unknown, but the important thing is to prevent it from happening again, and that guy, the only one to speak English, really made a good point. It would not appear that these people suffered a lot of trauma from their experience because they maintained their community of social relationships. I know from personal experience that when slavery and abuse is completely solitary, there is considerable PTSD.

    July 7, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  15. DiamondSky

    Secular West is making the world hopeless and worse than ever by refusing to provide Christian education to offenders and victims alike.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Reply
  16. Insignovigah

    This is the lowest of the low go ahead its in the water and we drink it without blessing it first. Oh yes we must sho the gratitude to the most high. There are more with Him and JESUS IS NOT All He has. Being grounded without ignorance, seven of Twelve will be trusted and then judged so now u Know. Like a theif in the night.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:32 am | Reply
  17. chinedu

    What has religion got to do with peoples freedom?

    July 22, 2011 at 8:59 am | Reply
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    religion got a lot of things to do with people freedom, think more

    October 5, 2011 at 6:48 am | Reply
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