Kailash Satyarthi has fought for decades to free bonded laborers, striving to rid India of child slavery. He has liberated more than 75,000 bonded and child laborers in the country. According to the reports, he raided numerous places to free children from slavery. In fact, since he was doing it all alone, in the beginning, he was beaten up several times.
Bachpan Bachao Andolan
Satyarthi’s involvement in eradicating child labor has not been limited solely to Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), or Save the Childhood Mission, which is the movement he founded in 1980 to fight for child rights and to end human trafficking. Although, the organization begun their effort by raiding factories such as carpet manufacturing workshops.
Raid against child trafficking
BBA aims to identify, liberate, rehabilitate and educate children in servitude through direct intervention,’ and to this end. It has rescued more than 82,000 children who were once victims of trafficking, slavery, and child labor. Direct intervention implies rescuing children through either raids or rescue operations, mainly conducted in brick kilns, stone quarries, and carpet factories.
In 1991, Satyarthi, through BBA, founded Mukti Ashram, which is India’s first care centre for rescued bonded laborers. It exists to provide immediate support and access to services for children rescued from child labor and trafficking including food, clothing, shelter, medical aid, psychological and legal assistance, recreation and everyday care.
Despite the difficulties involved in solving the problem, Satyarthi’s vision for the future is bright. He says, “A lot of work remains, but I will see the end of child labor in my lifetime.”