I was about 16 and used to work as a lohar. Then I met a man who asked me whether I was looking for a job. When I answered that I was, he took me to a house and gave me something to do. He left me there. Somebody else came and I complained and was told not to worry.
I was given foodstuff and asked to cook and eat for the next day all would be remedied. While there a man who had been to Demerara, came and told us that we could all get work for 12 annas a day working where we were going. He added that we could all go to Fiji where we could accumulate money. Having left my own village I decided to make this trip.
And after some days people gathered there and I was told that we would all have to go to Calcutta. Once there we spent our days eating, drinking and sleeping, and others were singing and dancing. A European then asked us if we were willing to go to Fiji and I said “yes”. I was a-ain told that I would get 12 annas a day and would have to work in Fiji for five years. There I would get food for six months and then after I would have to earn my own livelihood.