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Factory raids reveal child labor persists in India

NEW DELHI (AP) – Police raids on factories in the Indian capital have found children hard at work despite laws against child labor.

Police rounded up 26 children Tuesday from three textiles factories and one that manufactures chemicals. Five men were arrested on charges of employing the children.

The kids were taken to an officials’ office in Seelampur slum district of east Delhi before going to a state welfare home for children. The charity Save the Children says the children had come to the capital from the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

There are at least hundreds of thousands of children toiling in hidden and hazardous corners of India, including brick kilns, pesticide-laden fields or chemical factories.

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