Anti-Slavery International

Bonded Labour in South Asia

Anti-Slavery works with local partner organisations to free the millions of men, women and children forced to work as bonded labourers. Regardless of their age, they work long hours labouring in quarries, brick kilns, agriculture and as domestics, receiving little or no pay in return for a loan needed for survival.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1049160)




  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther



Millions of people are forced to work as bonded labourers, receiving little or no pay in return for a loan needed for survival. Our programme is currently focused on bonded labour in India, Pakistan and Nepal. In 2009, Anti-Slavery International will work to secure the release of bonded labourers through court action, and provide assistance in the unionisation of bonded labourers. Work will also include awareness-raising and campaigning activities, promoting rights and opportunities for bonded labourers. We will also undertake advocacy and lobbying work to ensure minimum labour standards across the economy, holding five advocacy events in each country. Within two years we aim to free 9,000 people, creating a model for addressing the problem across South Asia. We hope to prosecute at least 100 employers, and promote wide media coverage of both of these goals. We want to create at least 14 unions (involving at least 16,500 victims of bonded labour).