NEW DELHI: Days after a 16-yearold girl was rescued from a GB Road brothel with the help of her brother, the police uncovered a massive traf ficking racket being run from West Bengal.
The police took the victim to her hometown and arrested the woman who had lured her to Delhi. Her arrest revealed that the trafficking gang was operating from 24 Parganas (a district in West Bengal) and it had sent over a dozen minors to Delhi for prostitution.
As the racket appears to be big, Shakti Vahini, a child rights NGO that had helped rescue the 16-year-old girl, has written to West Bengal Police. It has also sought the intervention of the Ministry for Home Affairs (MHA).
“After this girl was brought to West Bengal, based on details given by her, another woman was arrested and a minor was rescued — who was about to be sent to Delhi. This woman holds the key. She used to lure young girls and send them to Delhi along with a middleman, who has also been arrested,” said Bhaskar Mukherjee, additional SP with West Bengal police, who is looking after the case.
Sources said, the woman has so far given details of three girls who had been sold to a GB Road brothel. A team would be sent to Delhi to rescue them. “We are expecting to get more details from her during further interrogation. In every case, the modus operandi was the same,” Mukherjee added.
The 16- year- old girl was brought to Delhi on the pretext of marriage and later forced into prostitution. This had happened with the other girls too. “The police arrested the main accused who kidnapped and trafficked the girl from West Bengal . His accomplice, who used to befriend young girls, has been arrested . In this case, the police succeeded in apprehending the traffickers who confessed about trafficking of more girls. It requires intensive investigation and a rescue operation of the victims needs to be planned,” said Rishi Kant, an activist with Shakti Vahini NGO.
AFTER THIS GIRL WAS BROUGHT TO WEST BENGAL, BASED ON DETAILS GIVEN BY HER, ANOTHER WOMAN WAS ARRESTED. A MINOR, WHO WAS ABOUT TO BE SENT TO DELHI, WAS RESCUED. – BHASKAR MUKHERJEE, additional SP with West Bengal police