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2 trafficked minor girls rescued

TRIBUNE New Delhi, July 23

Two minor girls from West Bengal were yesterday rescued from the clutches of alleged human traffickers at the Old Delhi railway station. Four people, including two women, were arrested from the station. According to Shakti Vahini, the anti-human trafficking organisation that rescued the girls along with the Delhi police, the victims are aged between 14 and 15. Rishi Kant, the media coordinator of Shakti Vahini, said the traffickers lured the girls into coming to Delhi by promising a better life.

The girls, who hail from Jalpaiguri in Bengal, have been sent to children’s home. The accused have been identified as Mainy Chetri, Satyam, Laxmi and Kiran Chetri, who hails from Jalpaiguri. They have been booked under sections of the Juvenile Justice Act, Bonded Labour Act and the Indian Penal Code. “Mainy and Laxmi, both women, are the main conspirators. They are the ones who brought the girls to Delhi. Usually, the girls brought from Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling are either forced into sex trade or sold to maid placement agencies,” said Kant.

Additional deputy commissioner of police (crime and railways) Sanjay Bhatia said placement agency owner Ravi Soren, who is a resident of Shakarpur, has also been arrested.

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