10 child labourers rescued from Vashi, Kopar Khairane
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.