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Three girls and 24 boys rescued in New Delhi
September 17, 2022
September 14, 2022 Three girls and 24 boys, some as young as 10 years, have been rescued in raids on sweatshops in the Wazipur industrial area of New Delhi in India. They were working in shirt dye factories and in sweatshops making car filters, steel polishing and making plastic pipes. They worked more than 12 […]
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34th anniversary of Pakistan bonded labor case
September 17, 2022
September 18, 1988: Historic decision on bonded labor by Justice Muhammad Afzal Zullah of the Supreme Court of Pakistan
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Convention on Abolition of Slavery 1956
September 7, 2022
September 7, 1956:  Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Institutions and Practices Similar to Slavery 1956 done at the Palais des Nations in Geneva
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Campaigns


Buying a carpet

The Society is promoting ‘Rugmark’ carpets — hand-woven carpets, which carry a guarantee against the use of child labor — in preference to carpets made by children (some as young as four years of age). ‘Rugmark’.  In August 1994, the Rugmark Foundation was registered in India by a consortium comprising the following business associations and […]

Child labor in Fashion

Designers pledge for child labour-free fashion world The Fashion Design Council of India has collaborated with Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation to launch #Notmadebychildren campaign. The campaign aims to stop child labour in India’s fashion and textile industries. “There are so many people who follow fashion,” Kailash said. “So, I feel this is one of the […]

Child trafficking in sport

According to the Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, sports are not immune to the sale and exploitation of children.  There have been cases of large-scale sexual abuse of children within gymnastics, football and other sports. Moreover, there are several practices that can amount to the sale of children specifically in […]

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Raids/Rescues


Boys rescued in raids in India

Four boys — one as young as 12 — were rescued by raids were conducted in commercial establishments in the State of Tamil Nadu in India. The 12-year-old worked in a bakery, a 15-year-old boy in a gas station, and the two 16-year olds in motor mechanic shop.  The raids occurred on September 22, 24, […]

Children rescued from construction side in India

For the second time in a month, boys have been rescued from a construction site in Trichy.  Eight boys aged 15-16 were rescued.  Six were from Jharkhand, one from West Bengal and another from Tamil Nadu.  The rescue involved our program partners in India, the Bachpan Bachao Andolan.  The boys were forced to work in unsafe […]