They had been working there for three years
The district unit of the Childline has rescued two bonded child labourers from a brick kiln where they were allegedly working for three years.
Along with a team of the anti-human trafficking wing of police, the Childline coordinators rescued the boys, S. Anand (14) and I. Sudin (13), during a surprise raid at the brick kiln at Vannivayal near here on Saturday.
Interrogations revealed that Anand and his parents had joined the kiln as bonded labourers after receiving an advance of Rs. 2 lakh from the owner.
Sudin and his parents joined work after receiving an advance of Rs. 3 lakh.
Hailing from Surandai in Tirunelveli district, the two families had moved to the brick kiln after forcing the two boys to drop out from school, police said. A broker in Rameswaram had arranged for the jobs after obtaining a commission of Rs. 10,000 each from the two families, police said.
The police arrested Kannan, an accountant in the brick kiln, under Section 16 of Bonded Labour System Abolition Act, 1976.
He was produced before the Judicial Magistrate court here and remanded in judicial custody. On a complaint preferred by the Childline, the police registered cases against brick kiln owner Yusuf of Kilakarai and the broker, police added.
Childline Director S. Karuppasamy said that the co-ordinators also rescued Sudin’s two younger brothers, Nagarajan (12) and Santhosh (10), from the kiln.