Indians formerly held in bonded labor working together to end the practice

Thomas Reuters Foundation reports that there are approximately half a million people trapped in bonded labor (a form of debt slavery that often makes repayment of the original debt impossible) in the Tamil Nadu region of India even though the practice was outlawed in 1976. To help fight this continuing crime, a number of rescued former bonded laborers have created the Released Bonded Labourers Association and engage in the difficult, and often dangerous, work of going undercover into businesses suspected of engaging in the practice. They are starting to see definite results and the organization reports that they are gaining many new members as local residents begin to see that there is a possibility to take positive action and make a real change.

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