ANTI-SLAVERY
SOCIETY

FIGHTING SLAVERY TODAY


Current Programs
in Africa and Asia

The Society's primary function is to relieve the suffering of children and adults in various forms of servitude and, consequently, its overseas programs form a central part of its work.  Its overseas projects vary from year to year.  The following outline only applies to programs for the fiscal year ended 30 June 2003. 

The Society believes in the empowerment of local people.  For this reason, its programs are run and operated by local people in the communities which the programs serve, although the Society, where appropriate, offers guidance and maintains ultimate responsibility for the operation and supervision of the programs it funds.


Child slavery in India
The Society is continuing to fund a program for the rescue and rehabilitation of child slaves in northern India.  Funding has been provided for several years, including the last fiscal year.  Funding is expected to continue this fiscal year.  On of the right is a photograph of
one of these children, Titakashwar Sada, a 14 year former slave, from Patori, a village in the State of Bihar, the poorest State in India.

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Bonded child labor in India
The Society is continuing to provide funding for schooling for bonded child laborers and child laborers in several taluks in rural areas in the State of Karnataka, which is in southern India.  Funding was provided in the last fiscal year, as in previous years.

On the right is a photograph of one of the many children released from bondage who have been assisted by this program.

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Hierodulic child prostitution
The Society has still not finalized a program to provide a shelter for young girls who have been dedicated in a temple for cult prostitution.  Depending on the cult and the region, they are known variously as aradhinis, basavis, bhavanis, bhogam-vandhis, devadasis, jjgateens, jogins (or jogatis), kalavanthulas, kudikars, maharis, muralis, natis or thevardiyars.


Trafficking of women and children
The Society published its Second Report On Trafficking of Women and Children.  It did not operate a program last year.

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Slavery in West Africa
The Society is reviewing is its programs in West Africa, which it formerly funded.

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The Society has funded overseas programs every year since 1996.  Programs have included undercover Missions investigating bonded children in the carpet-weaving industry in Pakistan, rescue programs in North India, bonded children in Karnataka in southern India, and slaves in West Africa. 

This information was updated on March 7, 2007.

 

SLAVERY SLAVE
TRADE
HUMAN
SACRIFICE

BONDED
LABOR

HIERODULIC
SERVITUDE

TRAFFICKING

CHILD
LABOR

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Last Updated March 28, 2007