Mystery behind GB Road rescue

Four women held for forcing minors into flesh trade, hunt on for Raju

After counselling 10 minor girls who were rescued from GB road brothels in central Delhi, police are trying to unravel the mystery of a man named Raju.

He had brought these girls from different parts of the country – but mostly Bihar and Uttar Pradesh – offering them jobs. Instead, he sold them off at brothels.

Most the girls, rescued  in a raid on Monday night, told police that they were brought to Delhi by a man called Raju.

“It is really a mystery as all these girls belong to different regions and yet in most of the cases the  trafficker's name appears to be Raju. Is he a person or a code name of traffickers – we have to unravel the mystery,” said a police officer.

After the statements of the girls were recorded  before the child welfare committe, police on Wednesday arrested four sex workers who had allegedly tortured and forced them into the flesh trade.

The arrested sex workers – Chanda, Puja, Razia and Padma, aged between 30 and 35 years – were running brothels on GB Road.

“They bashed up, tortured these minor girls when they refused to have sex with the customers,” said the officer.

Police have registered a case under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act and several sections of the India Penal Code, dealing with pushing minors into prostitution.

Police had laid a trap on the basis of complaint lodged in West Bengal's Swaroop Nagar district, where one girl went missing.

On a tip-off, a team lead by inspector Pramod Joshi rescued that girl along with nine others   who were staying in a tunnel-like structure at a  brothel.

The arrested sex workers, who had spent between eight to ten years at brothels, prepared the girls for flesh trade.

“These women get a share in the money which the new girls earn,” said the officer.

During investigation, police found that ‘Raju’ was an infamous name also among other girls were forced to work on GB Road. Police are now trying to trace the man.

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