Rescuing Modern Day Slaves

There are many organizations that claim to help slaves. They raise huge amounts of money but they are not successful in saving many people, and most of the people they do save return to slavery within weeks, if not days. For example, one organization successfully promoted the closing of a brick kiln in India and saved five hundred people. They gave each family $25.00 and a train ticket back to their home village.  These people will be back in slavery again within days as the money received will not last; the people cannot read or write and cannot sustain themselves or have the means to get proper work. As an ordinary observer, you might think that the charitable work done by this organization is good; however, it is a wasted opportunity as the proper support is not provided to finish the job.

What is required to reverse slavery for each family is to not just free them, but also to set them up with a full support system.  First, to provide the head of the family a job that pays all of the household’s bills. Then, to set them up with affordable, good housing, provide initial money for food and basic items for the first month, then to provide educational opportunities for the children so we can break the cycle of poverty.  Our organization has done all this for the small cost of $500 per family, with the average size of a family being 7 people. Since 2014, we have provided over 5000 families with a complete support network, and not one family we have saved has returned to slavery.

We rescue the slave families in the middle of the night. We gain knowledge of these victims from local religious and communal leaders. We then vet each case, which usually encompasses several cases from one brick kiln. We take the slaves away and move them at least 200 km from the kiln. We put them in a safe house for two days and record each family on the video to document our work. We also take a copy of their ID cards and signature/thumbprints.  This is done solely to document our work and these records are always kept private.  We have a network of real estate experts to acquire good value home rentals. We also have our own private employment agency that always has a backlog of at least 500 good-paying jobs.  We assign those jobs to the heads of each newly-freed slave family.  We then partner with local charities that provide educational opportunities to the children.

With the right resources, we would like to implement this program in the entire Indian sub-continent. We estimate the cost to wipe out slavery with the above program, and use similar style programs, would be about $2 billion.  If we could raise $200 million a year from large foundations and government agencies and keep a tight reign on the overhead, we are confident that over the next ten years we can wipe out bonded servitude on the Indian sub-continent.  As with any vision and large venture, there will be challenges, as was the eradication of black slavery in the 1800s.  Now is the time to put in place an effective plan to tackle this awful injustice against millions of people.