On November 17th, 2020 Justice Ventures International (JVI) along with partner NGO EFICOR and local administration raided two leather bag manufacturing factories in Nabi Karim, Delhi where 34 trafficked children were rescued from forced child labor. The children were trafficked from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Nepal.
The children were found working in appalling conditions. They were crammed into tiny, dilapidated rooms where seepage and cobwebs covered the walls. Some, as young as 12 years old, were made to work for 14 – 16 hours a day. The rooms where they worked and slept each had only one window and lacked proper ventilation. The employer kept a close eye on the children making sure they did not leave the premises and interact with outsiders.
Upon rescue, the survivors received medical exams and were transported to an aftercare home. They will be reunited with their families when possible. A formal police complaint was registered against the employers under sections of the Juvenile Justice Act, Bonded Labour Act and relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code. JVI’s lawyers will take up the case to ensure justice on behalf of the victims and to secure back wages for the children.