Hidden Chains: Ashraf’s Family Freed from Forced Labor

Farrukh Saif

July 21, 2020

In February 2020, the Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved (ECSPE)  team embarked on a mission that would change the lives of Ashraf and their family forever. The family had been ensnared in the harrowing web of slavery in Punjab, Pakistan, working under grueling conditions in a brick kiln. Their story is one of resilience, hope, and the triumph of the human spirit against immense adversity.

Life in the brick kiln had subjected Ashraf and their family to unimaginable challenges and hardships. Forced into labor under exploitative conditions, they faced physical exhaustion, meager wages, and the perpetual cycle of debt that kept them trapped in the clutches of modern-day slavery.

The ECSPE team, fueled by a commitment to eradicate such practices and empower those in need, intervened to rescue Ashraf’s family. The rescue began a journey towards freedom, justice, and restoring their human rights.

As Ashraf and their family shared their story, the world became privy to the harsh realities they endured. The recounting of their experiences shed light on the pervasive issue of modern slavery, drawing attention to the urgent need for concerted efforts to eradicate this reprehensible practice.

The challenges did not end with the rescue. Reintegration into society brought its own set of hurdles for Ashraf and their family. The scars of their past experiences lingered, and the process of rebuilding their lives required not only material support but also emotional and psychological healing.

However, with the support of organizations like ECSPE and the compassion of individuals committed to the cause, Ashraf and their family gradually began overcoming the obstacles. The story of their liberation became a symbol of hope, resilience, and the collective determination to create a world free from the shackles of modern slavery.

Through sharing stories like Ashraf’s, awareness is raised, inspiring action and advocacy to bring about systemic change and ensure that no one should endure the inhumane conditions of enslavement in the pursuit of a better life. Listen to the testimony of Ashraf and Family.

Farrukh Saif

Farrukh H. Saif, a courageous Christian human rights activist, established the Farrukh Saif Foundation in 2009 to confront religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, and bonded slavery in Pakistan. His dedication to liberating bonded laborers from brick kilns and advocating for blasphemy victims and asylum seekers has garnered international acclaim. Despite encountering threats and fatwas, his impactful work persists in supporting marginalized communities. In 2018, the foundation merged with The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved, enhancing its global outreach.


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