Trafficked Assam girl saved from prostitution racket

After a case of prostitution was registered with Assam Police, Delhi Police’s Crime Branch rescued a 15-year-old kidnapped Asamese girl from central Delhi’s Shakurpur on Saturday, police said.

Police said the girl was lured on the pretext of getting a job and was handed over to a placement agency.

She was rescued after Delhi Police’s Crime Branch was contacted by Assam Police.

“We were informed that the girl had been kidnapped by some of her family members,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav.

The Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) of Crime Branch traced her to placement agency LG Enterprises in Shakurpur.

“The girl had been employed as a domestic worker,” Yadav added.

A case under sections 366-A (procuration of minor girl), 372 (selling minor for purposes of prostitution) and 373 (buying minor for purposes of prostitution) of the Indian Penal Code is registered with Kaliabor police station in Assam.

The girl told police that she was regularly beaten up after being kidnapped from outside her house.

She was later kept confined at several places in Delhi and NCR, where she was also sexually assaulted by the kidnappers.

Purchased from relatives

“The girl was beaten up saying that she was purchased from her relatives and hence, she will have to obey their orders,” another police officer said.

Attempts were also made to rape her on a few occasions.

Police are now probing if she was sold to any gang here which runs an interstate prostitution racket.

“We are yet to unearth the entire trafficking racket and are conducting raids to make arrests,” Yadav added.

Police are mulling to add charges under Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act.

Further action would be taken on the basis of the girl’s statement under section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

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