Out of the 40 million victims of modern slavery worldwide, almost two thirds - 25 million people - are exploited in Asia and the Pacific. In Bangladesh and India, the practice of bonded labour is widespread in rural areas where the workforce relies on verbal arrangements for wages and is subject to exploitation by unscrupulous landlords.

To combat this problem, we have started a new project across Bangladesh and India to rescue and rehabilitate men, women and children from work under debt bondage and forced labour conditions. The project seeks to reduce their vulnerability to future bondage through the creation of alternate avenues of income generation, and by creating people’s institutions that work together to prevent exploitation.