An official from an NGO that carried out the rescue operation said that the trafficked children used to work in small, dark and dingy rooms and were barely paid anything for the work that they did. “The boys were not allowed to switch on the fans even in searing heat. They used to sit with folded legs for 12 hours straight and were locked up in rooms so that they couldn’t even escape,” said Mukesh Kumar from Prayas Childline team.
NCRB’s 2019 statistics shows that a child goes missing every eight minutes in India. Many of them are trafficked and forced into child labour. Cops must make this heinous crime a focus of their attention. The wide networks of gangs operating across cities, towns and interiors must be smashed. These criminals also exploit the deep poverty that haunts the nation’s poorest. That fundamental issue needs to be urgently addressed too.
Mukesh further said that when the employers got to know about the joint raid being conducted by the NGO and Delhi Police teams on their premises, they locked up some of the kids in bathrooms and some others were asked to cross over to the adjoining terraces.
“Some kids were even injured in the process. We have got one of them admitted to Lok Nayak Hospital, while one has been admitted to BJRM Hospital for further treatment. One of the kids even got burn injuries on his face after he started working at the factory,” the NGO official said.
Another official from the NGO said that the rescued boys were in the age group of seven to 15. “The children are still in a state of shock and most of them have not been able to speak about their ordeal till now. As the investigation progresses, they will be asked about their families and their kin will then be called here to take them home,” added the official. Based on the duration of their stay here, the children will be compensated. No arrests were made till Wednesday late evening in this regard.