Pakistan is a land of fear for more than a million slaves. They're forced to work-off bogus debts at farms, factories and brickyards. Slaveholders use brutal tactics to keep them frightened. Veero remembers the terror.
"The slaveholder hired men armed with guns and axes, and they guarded us the entire day," Veero recalls. "They would fire their guns into the air at night to terrorize us so we wouldn't try to escape."
A local farmer cheated Veero's family, by claiming a debt had never been repaid. Then, came the unthinkable. The farmer demanded more than money.
"The slaveholder kept an eye on my daughters," Veero says. "He wanted to use them for sex."
This was Veero's defining moment. With the safety of her children at stake, she took a terrifying risk. Alone and on foot, she quietly slipped away from the farm and walked to the nearest town. She staged a three-day sit-in at a police station to demand that authorities take action.
Veero's daring escape worked. Police freed her entire family.