A 35 year old Christian former slave has been kidnapped and tortured by his ex-master who is seeking a large ransom for lost revenue despite the family alleging they paid off the loan they borrowed.
Salim Masih took a loan of 10,000 rupees (£120) from Sheikh Mustafa over a year ago and agreed that he and his wife Salam (28 years) would work at Mr Mustafa’s brick kilns at Phatak gunje khudiya, Kasur for the duration of one year at an agreed rate. After having worked for the year it was agreed that their loan would be totally settled.
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Every day whilst the couple were working on the brick kiln they were asked to convert to Islam by Muslim co-workers none of whom were slaves. They were beaten and hard to work over 12 hours a day,7 days a week with only a 30 minute break.
After the year had been completed in accordance with their agreement they left the brick kiln late at night without informing their master. They choose to leave in secret as they knew how other Christians had been betrayed and cheated by slavemasters who reneged on emancipating their slaves at the end of contracts.
They had planned and awaited their date to leave for a very long time and headed straight for another brick kiln where they worked without the yoke of slavery.
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