North Delhi, India
Less than a week ago today, JVI and its local partners working alongside government officials rescued ten children trapped in small establishments where they were forced to make bags, caps, baked goods, and bind books for 12-14 hours a day. These children, ages 11 to 17, were tricked into traveling to Delhi by traffickers promising them well-paying jobs to help support their families back in their villages in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Instead, they found themselves working for little pay and living in squalid, dimly lit small rooms with poor sanitation and poor ventilation, exposed to toxic fumes. A government official at the rescue stated “There is a clear violation of labor laws and necessary action will be taken against the employers”. Today, JVI and its aftercare partners are working closely to reunite these children with their families, where appropriate, and helping them to gain access to education and a better life.
*This rescue was conducted with the generous support of IJM.
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