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India: 14 child labourers rescued from garment industry

Oct 05, 2012

On a complaint filed by Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), 14 child victims of trafficking forced labour were rescued from the garment industry in old Seelampur in East Delhi, India.

New Delhi: The rescue operation was led by Mr. Sandeep Gulati (SDM,Geeta Colony) accompanied by police, members of Labour Department and activists of BBA.

The rescued children are all between the age group of 8- 15 years and most of the children belong to Villages of Bihar. All children belong to poor families and were brought to Delhi by the traffickers through deceiveful promises for forced labour. The children worked in deplorable conditions with no freedom of movement or leaving employment. Since 6 months and worked for as many as 15 hours a day without getting any wages.

8 year old Saleem (name changed to protect identity), said, β€œI was brought here by a trafficker who gave me away to this employer. I worked from 9 in the morning till 12 in the night. I did not get any wages for my work.”

R.S. Chaurasia, Chairperson, BBA, expressed his satisfaction saying, β€œIt will not be an out of place mention that child labourers in large number are still working in small factories and unorganized sector in Delhi. Till such time that the law enforcement agencies start recovering back wages, impose heavy fines and penalties and make Child Labor uneconomical, the illegal industries shall continue child trafficking and child labour.”

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