Indian police find 300 trafficked brick kiln workers in dire conditions

Author: Nita Bhalla, Channel NewsAsia, Published on: 15 December 2015

Officials investigating the death of a 30-year-old pregnant woman working at a brick kiln in southern India said...they had uncovered an organised racket where hundreds of people were being trafficked and forced to work in inhumane conditions...police and labour officials...found 293 people, including women and children, working there in unhygienic and inhumane conditions..."The labourers were subjected to bonded labour conditions. They were given advances of between 25,000 - 50,000 rupees per family, before being trafficked from Odisha to Telangana and forced to work as families in a brick kiln," P. Vasudeva Rao of National Adivasi Solidarity Council said..."They did not receive minimum wage, had restricted freedom of movement and were subjected to physical and verbal abuse."...Thousands of Indians - largely from poor, rural areas are lured to other states each year by traffickers who promise good jobs but sell them into domestic or sex work or to industries such as brick kilns and textile workshops.

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