Human trafficking gang busted; 9 children rescued

Human trafficking gang busted; 9 children rescued

The arrested have been identified as Ismail Ahmed (32), hailing from Nowagaon in Assam and Babita (25), who allegedly runs an illegal placement agency, Ashok Chand, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), said.

Ahmed was the first to be arrested on May five from Shakurpur when he allegedly struck a deal with a decoy customer for selling a minor girl for Rs 1.5 lakh.

During interrogation, Chand said, he told police that there are brokers and agents operating in Assam, West Bengal and border of Indo-Bangladesh who procure minor children on the pretext of providing them better lives in Delhi.

"The procured minor children are handed over to an illegal placement agency run by Babita.

She was also apprehended and eight minor girls and boys aged between 11-15 years were rescued with the help of NGO  Shakti Vahini. They were working as domestic helps," he said.

It also came to light that the minors had no knowledge if any salary was being paid to them or any salary was being sent to their parents for the household work performed by them and most of them had no contact with their parents after coming to Delhi.

"The broker who procured minor children was paid a sum of Rs 20-25,000 by Babita for each minor child that had been trafficked. Babita charged as initial amount a sum of Rs 20-35,000 from the employer where the children were employed," Chand said.

"Then an agreement of 11 months was drawn up with the employer for payment of monthly salary. The monthly salary that was paid was also misappropriated by Babita and it never reached their parents," Chand said.