Survivor Stories

Rescue from Kiln Slavery: The Story of Latif and Family


My name is Latif, and I want to share my story with you. I used to work the fields, harvesting crops, but work got scarce. One day, a kiln owner approached me and offered to buy out my contract for the rest of the year and give me an advance. I thought this was my chance to provide for my family, so I took the offer.

But what I didn’t know was that this offer was too good to be true. The work at the kiln was endless and grueling, with no days off and long shifts. Despite all the work, the loan never seemed to decrease. We barely made enough to survive, as they claimed to take my wages to pay off the loan. Whenever we had family events such as a wedding, we had no money, so we were forced to take more loans from the kiln owner, further indebted myself to him.

One day, I injured my leg badly while working and was hospitalized for three months. I had to take another loan and my children were forced to work too. I returned to work, still not fully recovered, limping around. No matter how much we worked, the debt just kept on increasing. They reduced the amount they paid us even more to the point that we struggled to even meet our basic food needs. We truly felt a deep despair, living a life with no money, no education for our children, and no freedom to visit our extended family.

But one day, we noticed one of the other families that was enslaved at the kiln seemed vibrant. After further discussion, they told us about Redeem the Oppressed. They got us in contact with them and gave us instructions on how to escape slavery. We are so grateful to them, and are praying for their continued success. Thanks to them, we are free now and able to rebuild our lives. We want to share this message with you, that there are people out there that can help those who are trapped in this cycle of debt and forced labor, but they need your support. Your donation can make a real difference in the lives of those who are suffering. Please give generously and help them continue their mission to redeem the oppressed and bring hope to those in need.

By Max Gibson

Max Gibson, also known as Mosheh, holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and has competed on his college's crew, cross country and track and field teams. Max co-founded the College Republicans and has run successful businesses, including Apex Web Services, which serves as CTO for non-profits Farrukh Saif Foundation and 'Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved.' He has been in a leadership position in the non-profit sector since 2011. In addition to his business pursuits, Max is a combat veteran of three major wars and is known for his generosity and strong belief in God.
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