People become enslaved for a reason. And if we don’t change those circumstances, a trafficking survivor is at extreme risk of being enslaved again. That’s why our India team provided Chhatanki with a way to support himself after liberation from a local brick kiln.
Five years ago, Chhatanki was lured by a trafficker who offered him a payment of about $75 if he agreed to work at a nearby brick factory. Sounded great, at first. But day by day, his situation got worse. The kiln owner forced Chhatanki’s family to work beside him. When the work made him ill, the owner would not provide funds for medical treatment.
Fortunately, our India front-line partner organization, MSEMVS, liberated Chhatanki in August 2014. And that’s just the first part of the story.
Since then, MSEMVS has provided Chhatanki with a bicycle rickshaw so he could start a small business hauling products to and from local markets. They helped him get a new ID card and start a bank account. They helped him apply for government food and housing benefits. This attention to ensuring slavery survivors are sustainably liberated is a key element of our Community-based Model for Freedom.
It has worked. Chhatanki has been free for three years. He is able to be an active father once again and get his children educated. He earns a modest living, but it’s enough to start saving in order to become financially resilient. He has joined his village anti-trafficking committee, and encourages others to reach out for help and break free.
“I am very happy with my family,” Chhatanki says. “My children go to school and I also play with my children. I have a choice to work as I wish. All these dreams came true.”
Learn more about our India program – and watch an actual rescue as it happens – here.