NEW DELHI: Almost a year after the arrest of most-wanted child trafficker Panna Lal Mahto, who had allegedly smuggled more than 10,000 minors out of Jharkhand to metro cities, the Jharkhand Police busted a similar racket in Delhi and arrested a woman.
The woman, whose husband was killed by a rival gang in Jharkhand, has revealed details of about 5,000 minors whom she has placed through her an illegal placement agency.
“We had got a complaint from a family whose 11-yearold girl was missing. We came to Delhi in search of her and the woman was apprehended. We have received registers with photographs of girls who were trafficked by her,” Aradhana Singh, in-charge of the antihuman trafficking unit of Khunti district of Jharkhand.
According to the police, the placement agency is located in Shivaji Enclave is west Delhi. During the rescue operation, Jharkhand Police seized important documents which provided leads in over 1,000 cases of trafficking of girls, which will now be investigated.
“The girl, who has been rescued, is the eldest daughter in the family and was the helping hand to her poor parents in earning livelihood. Due to the poor economic condition of her parents, she was lured by traffickers, who brought her to Delhi on the pretext of better job opportunities. About a month ago, she was brought here without the knowledge of her parents. Here she was handed over to the owner of the illegal placement agency,” said Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini, who was part of the rescue operation.
The placement agency was started by arrested woman’s husband. But after he was killed two years ago, the woman took up the business and was running the placement agency in Delhi, involved in trafficking of young girls mainly minors from different parts of Jharkhand on the pretext of providing good job and later placing them at households for the purpose of domestic work.
Jharkhand Police have also arrested the agent who brought the girl to Delhi.