Trafficking racket in East of Kailash busted, 3 arrested


NEW DELHI: A raid by the southeast district police in East of Kailash area under Amar Colony police station has led investigators to a high-profile and well organized human trafficking racket that worked under the garb of a placement agency. “We suspect that the girls would have been pushed into prostitution if we had not intervened on time,” said joint commissioner (southeast) V S Chahal. Four minor girls – three from three different districts of West BengalDarjeeling, Jalpaiguri and West Midnapore–were rescued from the rented apartment for which Rs 50,000 was paid per month. Police have arrested three men – Uttam, the gang leader, Kartik and Raj – and registered a case of kidnapping against them.

The girls were sent to Nirmal Chhaya where they will undergo medical examination. “At the child welfare committee where they were produced, the girls said they were between 15 and17 years of age. While the girl from Jalpaiguri had been brought to Delhi about a year ago, the others were brought to the city six months back. The girls told us that some villagers in their home states had promised them work in the capital, tricking them into coming to the East of Kailash apartment,” said Rishi kant, representing Shakti Vahini, an NGO that played a major role in rescuing the minors. Cops said they were tipped-off by the local market association.

Sources in the southeast district police said they have found “evidence” that the girls were being groomed for the “service industry”. “These girls are poor and we will help the cops in their efforts. The rented apartment has a bar and the girls were being trained how to manage a bar and its cutlery when we raided the place,” said a senior police officer.

Statistics show that every year, nearly 8945 children go missing in India. Delhi tops the list with 6.7% of the total cases reported from the city. The trafficked children are deliberately transported to states from where they cannot go back.


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