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Four arrested for forcing teens into flesh trade in Delhi

PUBLISHED IN THE TIMES OF INDIA

NEW DELHI: Children trafficked to the capital were rescued in two different operations on Sunday evening. In one of them, a distress call by a woman led police to a trafficking syndicate based in Assam who were found to have kidnapped more than 25 girls who were sold to brothels across the city. Four people, including a woman, have been arrested.

In another rescue operation by an NGO, a 19-year-old girl from Karnataka was found to be employed at a brothel in GB Road and was rescued. While being counselled, she told police that she even bore a child two years ago after being raped repeatedly. NGO officials say that efforts were being made to rescue the child.

In the first such incident, a woman had called the police control room from a number which was later traced to Assam saying that she was being held inside a house. “A team led by inspector, STF, K G Tyagi was formed. It was found that the woman was being held at a house in Laxmi Nagar. Four people, including the traffickers who had brought the woman to Delhi, were nabbed,” said DCP, East, Ajay Kumar.

The four arrested persons were identified as Sandeep Kumar, Aisha Begum, Chandan Kumar and Sunil Mishra. Police said all of them were residents of Assam. They said Aisha would visit the houses of the targets, posing as a government health official. She would offer them jobs in Delhi and convince their parents to let them accompany her. Once in Delhi, they were forced into flesh trade. Officers said the girls would be confined in rooms which were visited by clients.

Interrogations revealed that Sandeep was a BTech graduate from Patna and owned a construction company in Assam. The rest of them were his employees at the plant.

The 19-year-old, rescued from house number 57 at GB Road, had been confined there for two years. “We came to know about her from our sources and informed the crime branch. The girl was rescued and taken to a women’s shelter,” Ravi Kant from NGO Shakti Vahini said.

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