Staying free is just as important as breaking free. It’s vital that slavery survivors plan what they will do to earn a living once they are rescued. In the India village of Kukdaha, rescued slaves decided that they would do in freedom exactly what they did in slavery: make bricks. Except now they would be laboring for themselves, their families and their community.
Haiti has one of the world's highest concentrations of children laboring in slavery as household servants. But an innovative program is helping impoverished families recognize the hardships that children endure when they are sent away to labor as "restaveks" in wealthier homes. The Model Communities program has prompted parents to retrieve their children from restavek slavery, and it has prevented other children from becoming restaveks. This video features deeply moving interviews with families who are taking a stand against child slavery.
Villagers in the Indian village of Sakdouri once lived in fear. Tricked by traffickers, they were beaten as slaves at a local brick furnace. The slave holder threatened to throw them into the fire if they made trouble. But after a remarkable rescue organized by Free the Slaves and our Indian partner organization, Sakdouri residents are now free. And it shows.
Filmed and Produced by Jordan and Cassie Timpy of Agape Visuals, agapevisuals.com
Music by Dexter Britain, dexterbritain.co.uk and Dominic Messinger
Executive Producer: Terry FitzPatrick
Voices4Freedom has 33 employees on the ground in India [through partner MSEMVS] at the Schools4Freedom that help entire villages come to freedom from debt-bondage slavery. Everyone else is a volunteer. The passion of volunteers if the fuel that ignites V4F and all the project bringing people to freedom. Meet Miranda Penn Turin. [mirandapennturin.com/] She uses her big talent, huge heart, a prodigious work ethic to help document the journey to freedom. We're so grateful. Voices$freedom.org, MSEMVS.org