2 children rescued from water treatment plant

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Six bonded labourers including two children were rescued from a water treatment plant in Chennai.

Police informed that the rescued children are from Odisha and were forced to work under inhuman conditions after their employees paid their parents in advance for taking them. The police were helped by some activists in the raid.

The child rights activist said that the parents of the children were paid between Rs. 4000-6000 to take them to Chennai.

The boys were made to work at the water treatment plant where strong chemicals are usually used to clean water without any protective gear and for long hours. The activists also informed that their hands and legs have scratch marks and bruises from the backbreaking work they had been doing.

According to reports, their employees are on the run and the authorities have invoked strict laws that seek to protect children and bonded labourers from exploitation.

The raid has been made at the water treatment plant in Chennai when the city is running with a severe water crisis in peak summer after lakes that give water to the southern city dried up.

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