In­di­ans res­cued from a farm after years of suf­fer­ing

Kuwait Times - - International -

MUMBAI: Nearly 25 work­ers, in­clud­ing chil­dren, who worked 15-hour days for seven years, were res­cued at the week­end at Baran in the western In­dian state of Ra­jasthan, in a rare crack­down on farms where forced la­bor is ram­pant. Cam­paign­ers said the work­ers were from a tribe in the cen­tral In­dian state of Mad­hya Pradesh and were given loans rang­ing from 500 to 20,000 ru­pees ($8 to $308) be­fore be­ing taken to Ra­jasthan to work in the fields.

“Th­ese peo­ple were traf­ficked from their home state with the lure of good work but kept bonded on the fields. They be­lieved they were re­pay­ing the loans,” said Nir­mal Go­rana, con­vener of the National Cam­paign Com­mit­tee for Erad­i­ca­tion of Bonded La­bor, that took part in the res­cue. Res­cued work­ers said while they worked in the fields, their chil­dren worked at the em­ployer’s house for no money. “The em­ploy­ers did not give them wages, but only pack­ets of wheat.

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