Reliable sources said that Goddo’s partner in the crime was one Lallan, who ran an illegal brothel in Varanasi.
Police here on Monday night arrested a woman child trafficker, who acted as a pimp and lured minor tribal girls from the state’s countryside allegedly in association with police, local influential leaders on the pretext of offering cushy jobs and eventually sold them to brothels in Uttar Pradesh.
Goddo Oraon, in her forties, hailing from Ranchi suburb, is being interrogated at an undisclosed location. Based on her confessions, Ranchi senior superintendent of police, Kuldip Dwivedi has sent a team to Varanasi and Pratapgarh districts of Uttar Pradesh to raid the brothels and rescue minor girls who had been sold and forced into the flesh trade.
Goddo’s evil deeds came to fore after a 10-year-old minor girl from a Ranchi’s rural suburb, who was sold to a brothel in Pratapgarh, somehow managed to flee and reached home on Monday to expose the trafficking and sex racket the woman ran. The victim also narrated her ordeals before Ranchi’s senior police officials, Child Line and Child Welfare Committee (CWC) officials leading to the trafficker’s arrest.
“We have learnt from the rescued child that Goddo and her accomplices have sold many minor girls to brothels in UP. A team has been sent to rescue the girls. We are also on the lookout for some people who assisted Goddo in the racket. Soon they will be in our net,” Dwivedi said.
Ranchi CWC member Meera Misra said the rescued child has been sent to a hospital for medical examination. “The 10-year-old was sexually exploited and brutally tortured on umpteen occasions. Her body had many injuries. Her private parts had burn marks. She was under severe trauma when she reached us,” Mishra said, raising hope that Goddo’s arrest will pave way for rescue of other girls she had sold in the sex market.
The CWC member said the pimp had done the same to her elder sister, who also managed to flee the captivity of her tormentors in Pratapgarh a few months back. “We have names of at least four girls from Nagri, who are currently in the captivity of brothel owners in Pratapgarh,” she said.
Reliable sources said that Goddo’s partner in the crime was one Lallan, who ran an illegal brothel in Varanasi. Lallan used to dole out big money to Goddo for every girl she delivered to him. Police were also looking for a driver of Janata Bus that operates between Ranchi and Varanasi every night. The girls were trafficked by this bus.
The minor girl who fled from the brothel told CWC that last year—she was nine then—Goddo lured her and four other girls of her village in Nagri police station area to Varanasi promising her good job and enough money to buy valuables like smartphone she dreamt of. Once they reached the holy city, Goddo left her in the house of a middle-aged man where she was told to work as a maid and she disappeared. The man not only raped her but made her sleep with different men at different places.
Soon she discovered that she was in a makeshift brothel in Pratapgarh. “They forced me to sleep with elderly men. Whenever I protested, they undressed and beat me with sticks. On many occasions, they burnt my thighs and private parts with hot iron rods,” she said.
Last weekend, she mustered courage and jumped off from the first floor of the brothel and ran straight to the railway station. There she took a train to Allahabad and somehow managed to get into Garib Rath Express that brought her to Ranchi on Sunday. She met the railway police on train who alerted the CWC in Ranchi.
The minor survivor’s father said a few months back on getting the information that his daughter had been sold to a brothel, he had travelled to Pratapgarh and pleaded the brothel owner to release her. “They abused and thrashed me before driving me away. I sought locals help but nobody came forward. I feared going to police as it could have risked my daughter’s life. Dejected, I returned,” said the hapless father, a poor farmer. He said the pimp had strong connections with police. “I had gone to local police once but nobody gave a hearing,” he lamented.