Today we are thrilled to release a poignant new film that features the work of Free the Slaves around the world. Two extraordinary volunteers journeyed to the front lines of slavery to meet survivors and activists. Their film uncovers the brutality of hidden slavery in Nepal, India, Ghana and the Congo. It bears witness to the remarkable grassroots movement that is bringing thousands of people from slavery to freedom.
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There’s one word that defines what Free the Slaves has accomplished in our first 15 years of fighting for freedom: results. With your support, we have helped more than 10,000 people escape the brutal clutches of slavery.
And there’s one word we always hear from slavery survivors: thanks. Those who have regained control of their lives know just how precious freedom is. They are thankful that people they will never meet care enough about human dignity to contribute to read more >
When you see what unlicensed gold mines look like in Ghana, you’ll be shocked to learn that children must endure these inhuman working conditions.
“It’s not very easy,” says Isaac, who worked in the mines at age 13. “Sometimes you have to carry the stones on your head to the surface. Sometimes when you go underground, you see dead bodies.”
Isaac’s story is the final installment of our 10-part Face to Face with Slavery series showcasing Free the Slaves work on the read more >
We’ve all heard the slogan about protecting the earth’s environment: “Think Globally, Act Locally.” Free the Slaves is applying that type of logic to our worldwide effort to protect the earth’s most vulnerable people from slavery.
As a global organization, Free the Slaves teams-up with local grassroots groups to confront slavery at a community level in key trafficking hot spots. FTS doesn’t parachute in and conduct rescues. Instead, we carefully nurture community-based organizations who are already fighting slavery so that they read more >
Ghana’s gold mines are a source of prosperity and pain. Gold is a huge part of the country’s economy. But for children, mining can bring misery and death.
“The conditions in the unlicensed gold mining sites are deplorable, especially for children,” says Free the Slaves Ghana Director Joha Braimah. “There is a high preference for children,” he says, “because children do not have bargaining power” with mining bosses. Kids are forced to do some of the most dangerous work.
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Neelam Sharma and Nirmala Thapa have deeply personal reasons for dedicating their lives to combating slavery in Nepal. They’ve both seen the toll that trafficking inflicts on their country and on people’s lives.
“I’ve always wanted to work for the rights of the most marginalized of my country” says Neelam, who serves as Free the Slaves’ Nepal country director. She’s seen how poverty and social marginalization make people vulnerable to trafficking.
Thousands of Nepalis are tricked by traffickers each year while migrating read more >
Before they were rescued from slavery, residents of Sakdouri lived in terror.
“Someone promised us jobs at a brick kiln,” says Durga. But they were never paid. “When we asked the owner, he beat us” Durga says.
“The brick kiln owner and his supervisor threatened to throw me in the kiln furnace,” says Shagir.
The “brick belt” of India is notorious for enslaving impoverished and marginalized residents at sweltering furnaces that create building supplies for India’s burgeoning economy. Most slaves have borrowed money read more >
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.
Two remarkable volunteer filmmakers are on the front lines with Free the Slaves this year to document what freedom looks like.
Cassie and Jordan Timpy, a couple from Washington, have decided to donate their skills “for a greater purpose.”
They have included Free the Slaves as one of the global nonprofits whose work they will document in a series of short videos.
We are proud to premiere the first of their videos this week. It’s called Stopping the Traffic.
In this short film, read more >
You probably don’t know them, but FTS supporters will know their work. They are Cassie and Jordan Timpy, a couple from Washington who describe themselves as “passionate visual storytellers who will travel to the ends of the earth to capture life’s joys and sorrows.”
Cassie has produced many of the videos you’ve seen from FTS in the past two years. Now she and Jordan are departing on an ambitious year-long journey that includes filming slavery survivors and anti-slavery activists in Nepal, read more >