The story of 19-year-old Kalpana (not her real name) is not different from other women who are involved in sex work at brothels in Delhi. Her dreams of a better life were shattered when she was duped by a man who sold her at a brothel on GB Road. Kalpana was rescued by the police and an anti-human trafficking NGO, Shakti Vahini at 7 pm today. A police officer said she had been brought to Delhi by a human trafficker about a month ago.
According to a member of the NGO, she had worked as a domestic maid in Kolkata. She is married and has two young children. “She met a man on a local train at Kolkata. She calls him Bappi. He promised to provide her employment in a hotel at Howrah, West Bengal. She agreed and they boarded a train. Instead of Howrah, he tricked her into going to Delhi,” said the member. The man kept her at Kotla for two days before selling her at a brothel on GB Road.
“The owner of the brothel said that she had bought two women, including the one from West Bengal, for Rs 1.70 lakh. She claimed that they were to work for her for a year and thereafter they were supposed to be sent back homes,” added the member. Kalpana disclosed to the members of Shakti Vahini that when she refused to get involved in sex work, she was beaten and repeatedly raped.
She will be lodged at a shelter home until the West Bengal police arrive in Delhi to take her back to Kolkata.
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