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5 enslaved Christian families released in Pakistan

Catholic World News - May 16, 2014

Members of five Pakistani Christian families enslaved by their employers have been released following a lawsuit, according to the Fides news agency.

One of the women had been enslaved in a Punjabi village for 25 years.

“It is sad to see that even in the 21st century slavery, continues to exist in Pakistan,” said Nasir Saeed, director of the UK-based Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement.

“The owners of furnaces are often wealthy and influential and are rarely prosecuted,” Saeed added. “Sometimes they are sold from one furnace to another. The government is aware of the situation, but has never taken serious measures.”

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