Realizing the gravity of the issues of human trafficking and forced/bonded labour in the brick-kilns in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana state of India, In the year 2019, Samata, along with its partner, KBK Resource Centre Initiated rescue drive to rescue the child labour, forced labour and victims of human trafficking from brick-kiln and to provide them with access to compensation, rehabilitation and resettlement. Samata is working directly in Andhra Pradesh and through KBK Resource Centre spreading over 30 villages in Balangir district of Odisha to intervene in problems of trafficking, migration governance, human rights, labour rights, social security and informal sector and child rights. Samata along with KBK Resource Centre has a track record of rescuing more than 10,000 bonded labourers including child labourer from brick-kilns in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and providing them access to compensation in the last four years.
- Bonded labourers trafficked, forced to work without wages and being held captive in BLG brick kiln at Nandaram village in Mehboobnagar dist of Telangana
- Child labour in BLG brick kiln in Mahabubanagar, Telangana
- Elderly couple appealing for rescue
- Minor girl child working in BLG brick kiln
On 23rd December 2022: Labour and children rescued from DLK brick kiln at Tekumanda village in Bangarupalem mandal of Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh
On 13th December 2022, 11 bonded labourers including 3 child labour rescued from PHR brick kiln, Kothaguda, Utnoor Mandal of Adilabad district of Telangana.
Tribal and Dalit workers, elderly women, and child labourers from Nuapada and Bargarh dist. were trafficked, employed, abused and kept hostage by BRB brick kiln in Miryalguda in Nalgond dist of Telangana state. All the workers including child labourers were rescued from the brick-kiln and sent back home with the joint efforts by KBK Resource Centre, Samata and the district administration, Nalgonda.
The Hindu, 12.02.2022 - Visakhapatnam: NGOs allege child labour and molestation at a brick kiln
Rescue of Dalit women and child labourer from Balangir dist of Odisha being trafficked, employed, abused, sexually harassed, and held captive by a brick kiln owner index no. V, in Krishnapuram village in Padmanabham Mandal of Visakhapatnam dist of Andhra Pradesh. All the labourers and children who were held captive were rescued and sent back home with the joint efforts by Samata, Visakhapatnam, A.P and KBK Resource Center, Odisha
Safe Migration Training
Pre-departure training on safe migration for migrant brick kiln workers at Lakhna panchayat in Nuapada district of in Odisha. Recognizing the increasing trend of human trafficking, numbers of pre-departure trainings on safe migration were organized for the brick kiln workers in villages in Nuapda and Balangir districts to put an end to trafficking and to provide the workers access to social security and other benefits under BoCW Act, 1996.
Letter from National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
Facilitating registration under Building And Other Construction Worker Act, 1996
Facilitating registration of migrant brick kiln workers in Khaprakhol block of Balangir dist. of Odisha to provide them access to social security and other benefits under BoCW Act, 1996. Brick kilns workers are one of the most neglected segments of informal sector who are unaware of the Act and the social security benefits. Therefore, numbers of registration camps were organized in their villages to register their name under BoCW Act, 1996.
Dalit bonded labour from Balangir district of Odisha was trafficked along with his elderly mother, wife and children. While asking for the wage, he was beaten with a stick by the brick kiln owner and broke his hand. The family along with other were rescued from the brick kiln in Andhra Pradesh and sent back home.
The Hindu - Bonded labourers rescued at Kanumpalle wait for rehabilitation ( 04.12.2019)
NHRC - NHRC notice to the Government of Andhra Pradesh over reported pleading by of 32 bonded labourers for their rescue from a brick kiln in Anantapur district (19.11.2019)