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Trafficked Victims rescued from Placement Agencies




22 minor girls  were rescued from different places of National Capital Region by the joint operation of Assam Police, Noida police, Ghaziabad Police, Crime Branch, Delhi Police, Childline and NGO Shakti Vahini in a series of raids spanning 15 days. All the girls were trafficked on the pretext of job by one illegally running placement agency under the banner of N. K. Enterprise in Shakurpur area. The placement agency allegedly runs by one Home Singh Pandey.

During the time of rescue the girls were found locked outside in the N. K. Enterprise premise in Shakurpur. These girls were brought by the source traffickers and sold to the said Home Singh Pandey. The raids are being conducted by the police team

Police arrested Home Singh Pandey and his three associates under FIR no. 14/2012 at Mushalpur Police Station, Dist. Baska, Assam u/s 420/372/366A of IPC. All the accused were produced before the court of Sh. Sumedh Kumar Sethi, Metropolitan Magistrate, Rohini Court on March 15, 2012. The court has granted transit remand till March 19, 2012 and also directed to be produced before the CJM/MM/DMM concerned.

As a part of the series of raids three more traffickers have been arrested which includes Kapil, Moti Ram from Bihar  and Arjun from Orissa.

It all started with a rescue of a minor girl on February 22 by Noida police alongwith Childline who was employed there as domestic help by the said Home Singh Pandey. Later the Assam Police P.S. Mussalpur District Baska came and took the custody of the girl from the concerned Child welfare Committee and started investigations. The Assam police arrested the child’s employer the husband wife duo for allegedly physically and mentally abusing the girl. There were burn marks and cut marks also found in the girl’s body.

As said by the police the Home Singh Pandey came in contact with one Assamese girl as a part of his job in Delhi. With the help of his wife Rupa he webbed a net in some parts of Assam. In a very organized manner he started bringing girls from Assam with the involvement of the source traffickers. Home Singh Pandey started buying girls from the source traffickers by Rs.5000 each. He then gradually started the Placement Agency in the name of N. K. Enterprise. He along with his associates started employing girls for domestic help by taking Rs.15000 -20000 as security money and every month he used to take salary of the girls as Rs.1500-2000.

Home Singh Pandey allegedly kidnapped 60 girls from Assam and employed them as domestic helper in Delhi. Police is investigating the matter. Out of 22 girls 10 girls are from Assam, 7 girls are from Jharkhand and 5 girls are from west Bengal. The Assam Police has been provided the custody of the 10 Assam girls and they will be produced before the Child Welfare Committee in Assam. All the girls were produced before the Child Welfare Committee and provided shelter in the children home.

Investigation by Assam Police special branch has compiled a list of 500 missing women and children from Assam by different placement agencies. Shakti Vahini had shared the list with Delhi Police Crime Branch and raids have been conducted to nab the traffickers in collaboration with Anti Human Trafficking Unit Assam. A known trafficker Munna Choudhury who has been bringing in victims from Assam, West Bengal and Jharkhand was arrested.

“The trafficking of women and children for forced and domestic labour  is rampant and it needs to be curbed with the involvement of all stakeholders. The Ministry of Home Affairs has already sanctioned budget for opening 10 Anti Human Trafficking Units in Assam,” said Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini.

The Placement agencies have mushroomed across the NCR Region and most of them are involved in illegal trafficking of minor children and women from Assam, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. The problem is huge and the Delhi Government in collaboration with source area states should take some urgent measures to combat trafficking of women and children from these regions. The problem multiplies and has serious ramification as most of the victims are from tribal communities.

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