Eleven teenagers, who were working at zari workshops and bag-making units in Dharavi, were rescued by the police and Balprafulta, an NGO that works for the betterment of street children, on Saturday.
The police said the employers had forced the children, all below 16 years of age, to work at their units.
The children had been brought from their villages in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan two to five months ago and were made to work for more than 12 hours a day.
The NGO had, on July 20, rescued more than 28 child labourers from Goregaon and Vakola. On Saturday, raids were conducted in 10 zari workshops in Dharavi located in the bylanes behind Sion Hospital.
“We found that the children were working for the hazardous industries for more than 12-15 hours daily. This was ruining their health and childhood,” said Hemant Patil, senior police inspector of Dharavi police station.
The rescued children were taken to the Dongri children’s home and later presented before the Child Welfare Committee. The police are verifying the ages of the children.