Three boys aged between 12 and 14 years who were employed as child labourers in an automobile workshop at Muthukapatty near Namakkal were rescued on Wednesday after information on the incident came to the notice of the officials concerned.
Personnel from the National Child Labour Project (NCLP), Childline 1098 and the Anti Trafficking Wing Police headed by Labour Inspector S. Abdul Ajeesh conducted the raid.
Persons who were part of the team said that one of the children was a 14-year-old boy who had lost both his parents and was living with his grandmother in Senthamangalam.
“Two others were from Dharmapuri district who migrated to Muthukapatty with their parents — who are working in a stone quarry in that locality. The three boys dropped out of school in the year 2012 and were working in the workshop for a weekly wage of Rs. 150 each,” they added.
According to the officials, the trio were employed under unsafe and unhygienic conditions that will affect their health.After confirming their age they were produced before the District Collector and taken to Childline where they have been provided temporary shelter.