Illegal Child Labor In India’s Wedding Card Industry

Weddings are a grand affair in India.  Marriage is considered to be tangible proof of the socioeconomic status of a family. India’s upper middle-class families spend a small fortune during the course of the wedding, and the parents start planning for their child’s marriage years in advance. The wedding card market alone is worth nearly $1.1 billion, but sadly not even a fraction of that amount reaches the children who are illegally employed in congested rooms and forced under inhumane conditions to make

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Illegal Child Labor In India’s Wedding Card Industry

Weddings are a grand affair in India.  Marriage is considered to be tangible proof of the socioeconomic status of a family. India’s upper middle-class families spend a small fortune during the course of the wedding, and the parents start planning for …

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Two Minor Girls Rescued From Sex Trafficking

At the age of 9, Lavina* lost her father to a brain tumor which immediately plunged the family into a deep financial crisis. Her mother worked as a daily wage laborer at a paper bag facility but only earned $4 a …

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15 Boys Rescued From Forced Labor

In April of 2019, an employer promised 10-year-old Dinesh* a job to help him support his family. The employer promised his parents that he would have safe working conditions and good pay. Dinesh moved from Bihar, India to Delhi and began his job of selling water …

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Forced Into Slavery At Only 9 Years Old

India is home to millions of child laborers. Despite efforts by the Indian government and various NGOs tackling this issue, child labor still accounts for nearly 13% of the total workforce in India*. Extreme poverty and a lack of livelihood options make …

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A phone call that led to five months of captivity

Niya* lost her parents when she was only two years old and was raised by her grandmother in her native village in Bihar. When Niya was in the ninth grade, she received a phone call from an unknown number on …

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At a young age, Ali became one of nearly 12 million children in India forced into child labor.

Ali’s father abandoned him when he was just a boy. With his family struggling to survive, Ali left school at age 14 to work in his village. His family’s situation grew dire when floods ravaged their home, causing them to …

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Like many young girls growing up in poor villages in Nepal, Amala* was vulnerable to trafficking.

Her family had few economic options, and at age 11 she was pulled out of school to contribute to their expenses. She met a man who promised her a job and persuaded her to travel to Kathmandu, Nepal. Instead, she …

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Renu Devi is proof that change in possible, even after generations of bondage in India.

Renu was 17 when she married and began her life of forced labor. Her husband was part of the Kamiya system—a form of caste-based, generational debt bondage. For four generations his family was enslaved and exploited for agricultural labor, with …

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Justice served for Nepalese survivors.

On November 5th, 2018 a notorious trafficker in Nepal was sentenced to 15 years in jail as a result of a testimony from a survivor who was trafficked by him nearly 10 years ago. Previous attempts had been made to …

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Five Minors Rescued From Sex Trafficking

The Global Slavery Index estimates that 8 million trafficking victims live within India’s borders. The eastern state of Bihar ranks among the highest states for human trafficking.  Bihar is an area where JVI works to bring freedom, justice and restoration

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29 Rescued From Forced Labor Slavery

On May 9th, 2019, JVI and one of its local partners collaborated with police and local government officials to free 29 victims from forced labor slavery at a brick kiln in northern India.  Among the families rescued were 16 minors (9 boys, 7 girls)

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38 Boys Rescued From Labor Trafficking

Aatif* grew up in a small village in West Bengal where he regularly attended school till the 6th grade. At the age of 13 years, Aatif was forced to drop out of school to look for work because neither of

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15 Boys Rescued From Forced Labor

In April of 2019, an employer promised 10-year-old Dinesh* a job to help him support his family. The employer promised his parents that he would have safe working conditions and good pay. Dinesh moved from Bihar, India to Delhi and began his job of selling water

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Forced Into Slavery At Only 9 Years Old

India is home to millions of child laborers. Despite efforts by the Indian government and various NGOs tackling this issue, child labor still accounts for nearly 13% of the total workforce in India*. Extreme poverty and a lack of livelihood options make

Read More »

Justice served for Nepalese survivors.

On November 5th, 2018 a notorious trafficker in Nepal was sentenced to 15 years in jail as a result of a testimony from a survivor who was trafficked by him nearly 10 years ago. Previous attempts had been made to

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11 Victims Freed and 16 Perpetrators Arrested

On September 13th, 2019 local police authorities coordinated with JVI and one of its local partners to conduct a rescue intervention in Purnea (a district in northeastern Bihar, India) in which 11 female victims of sex trafficking were rescued. Of those

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