The word slavery evokes images from history from when slaves were driven by their masters like cattle and treated worse than animals. With the passage of time, this evil tradition has died down but its remnants still linger in many dark corners of the civilized and uncivilised world. There are institutions and research groups that regularly study the phenomenon and sensitise the world towards the complete abolition of this abominable practice. CCP Ministries Pakistan, one of the many campaign groups working on this issue,in very limited resources.
Bonded labour has been outlawed in Pakistan and most other affected countries in line with UN conventions on human rights. However, according to the 2014 Global Slavery Index, 2,058,200 people are enslaved in Pakistan. The WFF Index places Pakistan at third position in a list of 167 countries where the problem of human slavery is most severe. After India and China, Pakistan is considered to have the largest number of people living in conditions that can be described as belonging to modern-day slavery.
The report accompanying the slavery index identifies debt bondage to be the most common factor creating conditions of slavery. It says: “The provinces of Punjab and Sindh are hotspots of bonded labour, which is mainly found in the brick making”
Bonded labour, also called debt bondage, A person becomes a bonded labourer when he or she takes or is tricked into taking a loan. Subsequently, the person is forced to work long hours for little or no pay often for seven days a week, in order to repay the debt. Sometimes the debt is never repaid and simply passes from one generation to the next. Intimidation and violence are used to prevent people escaping from this form of slavery.
The phenomenon of bonded labour is very common in the brick kiln sector, in all the provinces of Pakistan, with a majority of brick kilns located in Punjab. The workers in brick-kilns live and work in crowded conditions, with little or no access to basic nutrition, clean water and general hygiene. They are also exposed to pollutants, dust and disease.
Many brick kiln workers do not have legal documents such as identity cards and birth certificates. Without birth certificates their children cannot go to school because they cannot complete the admission documents and, when they grow up, they cannot get identity cards because, to get one, they need a birth certificate. And so the cycle continues.
CCP Ministries Pakistan’s team visited them time to time for evangelims and giving them hope through holy Bible that God will soon resources to release them from this slavery in Jesus name.
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