Chinese police rescue more than 200 people, including 29 children, working as ‘slaves’ at brickwork factories.
More than 200 people, including 29 children, have been rescued after working as “slaves” in brick kilns in central China, state media reports.
Tens of thousands of police moved in on the kilns in Henan province, arresting 120 people, Xinhua news agency said.
They acted after media reports claimed that children were being forced to work in kilns in neighbouring Shanxi province, Xinhua said.
Photos of distraught parents were also published.
Xinhua said that, following the reports of child labour, some 35,000 police were despatched to the 7,500 kilns in Henan.
They reportedly rescued 217 people, including 29 children.
Xinhua said the victims had been “enticed or sent by human traffickers to the kilns“, where they were “beaten, starved and forced to work long hours without payment“.
Last week there were 31 slaves rescued.
Spanish newspaper ABC.es has reported that a total of 468 slaves have been freed in the last month from places where they were obliged to work in these conditions.