Two more girls rescued in MP

Two more minors have been freed from the clutches of Banchra tribemen yesterday, Mallhargarh Station House Officer Anurdh Wadhiya told PTI today, adding that of the 29 accused, 18 have been arrested so far far for allegedly being part of the human trafficking racket.

He said that with this, 19 girls between the age of one year to 11 years have been rescued since March 9 in western Madhya Pradesh, following a tip off.

Of these, the SHO said that 12 girls have been reunited with their parents.About reports that these minors were administered steroids and hormones to push them quickly into flesh trade, he said that till now they have not come across any such finding.

About the modus operandi, Wadhiya said that these minors were drugged and kidnapped by members of Banchra community involved in flesh trade. They targeted girls who would be playing around temples and others places by giving them laced food.

There were three groups involved in the racket. While one group kidnapped the girls from Indore, Khargone, Khandwa and others places, the other comprised of middlemen who struck deals with the Banchra members in Mandsaur, Neemuch and Ratlam districts.

The NHRC had asked the Madhya Pradesh government and police to submit their response within four weeks on reports of girls being allegedly abducted in Mandsaur district and given hormones and steroids for pushing them into sex trade.

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