Modern-day slaves

ByRACHEL MARDER
March 29, 2013 10:29

Tag International works to combat human trafficking and forced labor in Asia, and looks to Israeli organizations for guidance.

85% OF Myanmar’s slavery victims are young women

Young women in Myanmar 521. (photo credit:Michal Strahilevitz)

Michal Strahilevitz tells a story told all too often about Myanmar. A desperate couple from a rural area sold their two daughters, ages 8 and 12, to a wealthy family because they could not afford to feed and clothe them. The girls’ owners then forced them into hard labor for months. The sisters tried escaping, but the police caught them. They tried to run away again once in captivity, but were once again unsuccessful.

That’s when Tag International, a UK-based NGO that works in partnership with Israeli organizations to manage health, agriculture and community projects in 15 countries across South Asia, East Africa, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union, stepped in.

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