Woman held for trying to sell off minor sister

A 24-year-old woman, along with her husband, was arrested from suburban Andheri for allegedly trying to sell her minor sister for prostitution, police said on Wednesday.

The accused, identified as Samina Darzi, and her husband Mohammed, walked into the trap set up by the members of a local NGO and were held on Tuesday while accepting an advance of Rs 50,000 towards the “deal” to sell Samina’s 12-year-old sister.

According to police, Mohammed was promised a “good deal” by a middleman Mohammed Idrishi who was arrested later. The NGO, however, got the wind of the “deal” and contacted Idrishi by posing as clients, saying they were searching for minor girls.

“Idrishi then got in touch with Darzis and promised them to pay Rs 70,000 for the girl, following which the couple contacted the girl’s parents in Bangladesh and convinced them to send her to Mumbai on the pretext of providing her education”, said an officer.

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