One immigrant dreamed of earning money for her parents. Others dreamed of a good education; another dreamed of buying medicine for his son. None dreamed of becoming slaves in the U.S.
Africa’s wealth of natural resources creates opportunities for slave holders to ensnare the vulnerable in mining and fishing regions. Poverty, armed conflict, and weak legal protections push women and girls into forced marriage and prostitution; men and boys are trapped in forced labor. Children are lured into forced begging by phony promises of religious education at boarding schools. Free the Slaves educates parents to respect child rights and empowers communities to resist predatory traffickers.
Impoverished children are forced to leave home and toil as domestic servants in Haiti. Free the Slaves inspires Haitian parents to retrieve their children. We educate Haitians about the perils of sending children away and strengthen communities to lessen child vulnerability.
More people are in slavery in South Asia than anywhere else. Illegal debts plague the poor and marginalized in rural India—entire families are enslaved for borrowing small sums in emergencies. In Nepal, thousands must head overseas each year to find work because there are no jobs at home. They are easy prey for traffickers. Free the Slaves educates at-risk villagers about unsafe migration and mobilizes entire communities to rise up and break free from bondage.