THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE
ENSLAVED IN INDIA
THAN ANY OTHER PLACE IN THE WORLD
WORLD SLAVERY POPULATION*
* Global Slavery Index
While slavery is actually illegal in India, the country lives by an ancient tradition called the caste system, which shuns an entire people group known as “untouchables.” These are the poorest of poor who aren’t even considered a part of the system. They are trapped in an endless cycle of abuse, leaving them without the most basic human rights and as prey to modern day slavery.
Set Free Alliance has rescued over 22,000 children from slavery in rock quarries, sex trafficking, forced begging, brick factories, and other desperate situations. Children are rescued, reunited with their families if they have them, cared for if they have nowhere to go, and empowered through education to live incredible lives. We believe that these children are the key to changing the future of India.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
While slavery is technically illegal in India, the country lives by an ancient tradition called the caste system. This four-level ranking includes the priests, warriors/landowners, merchants/artists, and farmers, with untouchables living outside of the system. The caste system breeds the mistreatment of untouchables and perpetuates the slavery crisis in India.
An untouchable falls in a class so low that it technically lies outside of the caste system. Untouchables are deemed unworthy of an education, kindness, and basic human rights. They usually make up to $1 a day and are preyed upon by people who see their lives as of equal value with farm animals.
One person can make a world of difference in the lives of rescued children. By giving, you can help free enslaved children, reunite them with their families, care for the children who have nowhere to go, and provide them with education. If you don’t have the ability to give, you can spread the word about the child slavery crisis in India and raise support by starting a fundraising campaign. Just click here to get started!
Not always. While some parents do sell their children into slavery, other children are kidnapped, taken from their families because of unpaid debts, or put into slavery for other reasons that are not the family’s choice.
There are many different ways that someone becomes a slave, but the main cause is poverty. Many poor families are taken advantage of and manipulated into selling their children. Some even sell their children out of desperation. Other poor families are trapped in generational slavery and are working to pay off a debt.
Children who are enslaved in India have seen what would happen to them if they attempt escape. They’ve witnessed their friends and family being beaten and killed when they are caught, so just leaving is not an option.
Being a Christian in India is incredibly dangerous. Less than 3% of India’s population is Christian and there are multiple radical groups in India who have declared that they will bring that to 0% by 2020. This means that they target pastors and take whatever measures are necessary to end their ministry.