Bonded labour

New slave trade

Print edition : July 10, 2015

Bonded labourers who were rescued from a brick kiln in Karnataka. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

The agarbatti factory on the outskirts of Bangalore from where 107 bonded labourers were rescued. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Aryan Lama, 21, originally a resident of Kakarbhitta in Nepal, was rescued from an agarbatti unit. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

The sleeping quarters of the labourers in the agarbatti factory. Photo: By Special Arrangement

The rescued labourers before they were sent to a rehabilitation centre in Bangalore. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Malinayaka, currently an agricultural bonded labourer at H.D. Kote taluk in Mysore district. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Freed labourers with their release certificates in H.D. Kote taluk of Mysore district. They were released in 2012 but are yet to receive their compensation. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

The recent rescue of bonded workers from a Karnataka factory exposes the mutating form of bonded labour in the unorganised sector, where trafficking with the intention to exploit is the major feature.
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