Mumtaz Masih, a Christian man, was recently released from forced slavery by his Muslim employer.
Masih had an arrangement with his Muslim employer, part of which was that Masih remain on his employer’s property at all times except once a month when he would receive payment and could go home to visit his family.
In July 2014 the employer stopped paying Masih, banned him from home visiting, and effectively turned him into a slave.
Masih’s wife sought help when her husband stopped coming. After a habeas corpus court case on 29 May, a court official was directed to find Masih, who was found on his master’s property in a locked room.
Although bonded labor is illegal in Pakistan, many poor Christians live and work in such conditions.