Labour department Officials on Thursday rescued three children from forced labour at an apartment in Ameerpet.

The children — Siva Sai, K. Rama, and Lakshmi, all aged 13 — were rescued from two houses in Millennium Residency complex on Dharam Karan Road. Deputy Commissioner of Labour S. Naresh Kumar said the first two children were rescued from the house of one N. Ajith from Nellore. Lakshmi, the third girl, was working for three months in the house owned by a builder, Durga Prasad.

After rescue, the girls were shifted to the government girls’ home in Nimboli Adda while the boy was sent to the one at Saidabad. All three would be produced before the Child Welfare Commission.

The employers have been served notices to pay Rs. 20, 000 toward each child. The amount will go into the Child Labour Rehabilitation Fund with the district collector, Mr. Naresh Kumar said. Criminal cases will be filed against the employers under the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, he said.

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