Migrant workers rescued, brick kiln owner arrested

About 87 migrant workers, including 18 children from Odisha, working at a brick kiln on the outskirts of Choppadandi, were rescued by representatives of voluntary organisations with the support of the police on Saturday.

The migrant labourers alleged that they were held captive by the owner and forced to work for extra hours without proper worksite facilities such as shelter, food, water, medicare, etc. The women and girl children alleged that the owner had sexually harassed them in the night.

Girls pour out woes

The adolescent girls poured out their woes before a team of representatives belonging to various voluntary organisations and the police. Three girls alleged that they had been sexually assaulted at the worksite office. Police recorded their statements with the help of a translator and videographed the proceedings.

Police with the help representatives of Aide et Action (AEA) International, Communication Resource Centre (CRC) Hyderabad, Lok Satta Udyama Samstha, Karimnagar Consumers Council and others visited the brick kiln and inspected the worksite.

The girls were sent for medical examination. Police took into the custody brick kiln owner L. Kishan. The migrant labourers from Bargarh district of Odisha explained how they were exploited by the kiln owner and also showed the injuries caused by the kiln owner.

CRC Hyderabad director TVV Rao said the owner had been harassing the labourers for the last four months.

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