Every year, thousands of Indians try to escape rural poverty by moving to the nation's bustling cities. Many women are enticed by labor recruiters who say there are plenty of job opportunities for maids in wealthy Indian suburbs. For some women, it's a trap. The labor broker is actually a trafficker.
The group Shramajivee Mahila Samity (SMS) is working to fight domestic slavery. SMS tracks down women who have disappeared, uncovers traffickers posing as legitimate labor recruiters, advocates for tighter regulation of labor brokers, and empowers rural communities so that people don't need to leave home.
SMS received a Free the Slaves Freedom Award in 2009 for conducting some of the best anti-slavery work in the world today.