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.
14th May, 2023
On 14th May, 2023: Based on a complaint made by Samata regarding the bonded labourers including children who were held captive by MML brick kiln at Kothapet village of Shivampet mandal of Medak dist of Telangana were rescued by the district police along with revenue, labour and child welfare and women department on the instruction of ADG of CID, Telangana.
10th May, 2023
On 10th May 2023: Based on a complaint made by Samata regarding the abuse, exploitation, and held captive of bonded workers including children belonging to the Adivavsis and Dalit from Balangir dist of Odisha by the SMB brick kiln at Donabanda village of Mylavaram mandal of NTR dist of Andhra Pradesh.
08th May, 2023
On 8th May 2023: Based on a complaint made SAMATA, on the instruction of ADG, CID, Telangana, Yadadri Bhuvangiri dist police along with revenue and labour department and CID RO Nalgonda has rescued as many as167 bonded labourers including 50 children and 47 women, who were engaged at RRR brick kiln at Jagatpalli in Telengana’s Pochampalli areas and sent them back to their native place. However, none of them provided release certificate nor were they given any compensation amount.
Click the link to know more: 50 Children Among 167 Odisha Migrant Labourers Rescued From Telangana Brick Kiln - Odisha Bhaskar English
27th April, 2023
Rescue:Trafficked, women, children and men allege forced employment of children, exploitation, overtime work, abuse, being threatened and held captive by the ERV brick kiln at Chittoor, Pachikapallam, Vedurukuppam, Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh
24th April, 2023
Upon a complaint made by Samata, on the direction of ADGP, CID, 13 Bonded labours, 4 children from Odisha were rescued by SHO Shamirpet, Tahsildar M. C. Palli & team under the supervision of DCP Medchal on our intervention. Release certificate & compensation being paid, Criminal case registered against exploiters.
22nd April, 2023
Trafficked women and men workers alleged non-payment of wages, abuse, exploitation and being threatened and held captive by the SNR brick kiln at Chandupatla, Nakrekal, Nalgonda, appealing for rescue. After we made a complaint, On ADG, CID, Telangana instruction, lnspector, CID, Nalgonda Tehsildar, Namrekal and Labour deptt rescued 17 workers including 4 children from SNR brick kiln, Chandupatla village of Nakrekal Mandal of Nalgonda dist and sent back to their native villages.
21st April, 2023
After our complaint on CID intervention 94 bonded brick kiln workers of Odisha's Balangir dist including 40 children rescued from the PVC brick kiln at Narayangiri, Pochampalli, Nalgonda dist and sent them back home. The case has been registered at the Pochampalli Police Station, Rachakonda Commissionerate, under Cr.No. 82/2023 under sections 367, 374, 341, 342, 324, 506 R/w 34 IPC for kidnapping, abduction and assault of six migrant labourers by Kiran who is part of the management of the PVC Brick Kiln.
15th April, 2023
Team of CID Karimnagar, DCP Peddapalli under cpramagundam supervision, revenue and labour rescued 9 workers of Bolangir, Odisha including 2 minor girls from GSR Bricks Rangapur (v) Basant nagar(M) of Peddapalli Dist and sent them back to their native home in Odisha
10th April, 2023
Upon the complaint we made today morning, the revenue deptt along with the Asst labour officer, Kamareddy and Inspector, CID, Nizamabad rescued 35 labourers including 7 children rescued today from the RRB brick kiln, Chintamanpalle, Domakonda, Kamareddy diet of Telangana and sent them back their home
23rd March, 2023
After Samata provided information and testimonies from women and children and alerted ADG CID, Telangana, CID team along with the Asst. labour officer and Child Protection officer rushed and rescued 13 bonded labourers including 4 child labourers belonging to Adivasi and Dalit communities, who were allegedly trafficked from Odisha to work at TRP brick kiln at Potharam village in Malial mandal of Jagtial dist of Telangana and sent them back to their native place.
20th March, 2023
Based on a petition sent out to the authorities by Samata requesting for rescue of child labourers and bonded labourers on instructions of ADGP CID, CID MBNR DSP Shankar, Krishna SI, MRO, Asst. Labour officer and Odisha liaison officer rescued 48 Labours including 12 children from ARB brick kiln, Krishna, Narayanpet district of Telangana and sent them back to their native home.
Based on a petition along with testimonials from workers and children requesting the concerned authorities to rescue, a joint rescue operation was carried out by DCPO, Asst. Labour officer, Tehsildar and SI, Agiripalli at GRB brick kiln at Adavinekkalam village in Agripalli mandal of Eluru dist of Andhra Pradesh and rescued 17 bonded labourers and 4 child labourers and sent them back to their native home.
10th March, 2023
Around 37 tribal senior citizens including women, minor girls, boys and workers from Odisha's Balangir dist were trafficked to ABC brick kiln at Gourreddipeta village in Peddapalli Mandal of Peddapalli dist of Telangana. Despite working hard for near about 4 months, they were assaulted, exploited, abused and held captive by the ABC brick kiln owner, Mr. G Babu.
After the petition was sent out to the line department including the collector and Commissionerarte of police, Ramagundam and continuous coordination with the dist administration from SAMATA, The labor department along with DCPO, Peddapalli and Tehsildar raided the brick kiln and rescued the children all the workers including children and sent them back to their native place on 10th March 2023.
24th February, 2023
The Rangareddy police, along with the Asst. labour officer and Child Protection officer rescued and sent 45 bonded labourers including 4 child labourers belonging to Adivasi and Dalit communities, who were allegedly trafficked from odisha to work at the SVI brick kiln in Vattinagulapalle village in Gandipet Mandal of Rangareddy district. The official raided the SVI brick kiln upon a petition and a couple of videos and audio testimonials received from Samata, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
A case has been registered in Cr. No. 251/2023, U/s. 79 of Juvenile Justice Act, Sec 14(1) Child Labour Act at Gachibowli PS. The said SVI Bricks belongs to one Mr. Kunku Mohan Rao, S/o. Kanakaiah, R/o. Vattinagulapally Village, Gandipet Madal and Rangareddy Dist.
15th February, 2023
Around 60 bonded labourers including minor girls from odisha were trafficked, employed, abused and held captive by SRB brick kiln at Dargah Tanda Village in Narenkhed Mandal of Sangareddy dist of Telangana have been rescued and sent back home on 16th February 2023 by the joint efforts of Dist. Administration, Sangareddy, Telangana, Samata, visakhapatnam, and KBK Resource Center, Odisha
17th January, 2023
On 17th January 2023, 20 bonded labourers including child labourers from Balangir dist of Odisha were trafficked, forced to work, held captive in BLG brick kiln at Nandaram village in Balanagar Mandal of Mahabubnagar of Telangana were rescued by the joint efforts of Samata and dist administration.
- 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
08th January, 2023
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)