True Vision of London produced this 80-minute documentary inspired by the book Disposable People (freetheslaves.net/SSLPage.aspx?pid=364). Filmmakers Brian Edwards and Kate Blewett actually buy slaves in Africa and help free child slaves in India. The film exposes slavery in the rug-making sector of Northwest India, the cocoa plantations in the Ivory Coast, and even the home of a World Bank official in Washington, D.C. Small, personal stories of slavery are woven together to tell the larger story of slavery in the global economy. This film won the Peabody Award in 2001.
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.