10 child labour­ers res­cued from Vashi, Kopar Khairane

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: The anti- hu­man traf­fick­ing cell of Navi Mum­bai has re­cent res­cued 10 mi­nors who were work­ing in dif­fer­ent ho­tel, shops and other places.

Their em­ploy­ers have also been booked un­der sec­tion 374 (un­law­ful com­pul­sory labour) and sec­tions 3, 75 and 79 of the Ju­ve­nile Jus­tice Act.

Only one of them has been ar­rested so far and the oth­ers are ab­scond­ing.

A team of 10 po­lice­men raided the shops, Chi­nese food stalls and bak­ery cen­tres in the city in the past three days and res­cued the chil­dren. All chil­dren are below the age of 14.

“While six chil­dren were res­cued from Kopar Khairane, four were res­cued from Vashi. They had to work through­out the day, but were given very low salaries (Rs 1,000-1,500),” said Push­palata Dighe, po­lice in­spec­tor from Navi Mum­bai anti-hu­man traf­fick­ing cell.

Ac­cord­ing t o Dighe, t he chil­dren are from Bi­har, Ut­tar Pradesh, Mad­hya Pradesh and Jhark­hand. “They were re­port­edly brought to Mum­bai by their rel­a­tives on the pre­text of show­ing them the city. We are now in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter to find out if a huge racket is be­hind this,” she said.

If sources are to be be­lieved, mi­nor boys and girls are still work­ing in sev­eral fac­to­ries and in­dus­trial units of Navi Mum­bai.

In July 2014, the po­lice res- cued over 100 chil­dren who were work­ing in a cold stor­age in Taloja MIDC.

Around 95% of the chil­dren were girls. Most of them were from Odisha, Bi­har and As­sam and they stayed in some shanties near the cold stor­age.

They were not al­lowed to come out of that area. The po­lice later con­tacted their fam­i­lies in their home towns and handed over the chil­dren call­ing them to Mum­bai.

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