CID saves 30 victims from clutches of sex traffickers
As many as 30 women, including 10 minor girls, were rescued in a late night operation carried out by the Women Protection Cell of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) with the help of a Bengaluru- based NGO, Justice and Care.
Hyderabad: As many as 30 women, including 10 minor girls, were rescued in a late night operation carried out by the Women Protection Cell of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) with the help of a Bengaluru- based NGO, Justice and Care.
About 30 teams from CID, assisted by 30 social workers and psychologists with the help of local police, carried out the operation on the intervening night of March 1 and 2, said Inspector General of Police, CID, Soumya Mishra.
As many as 21 women pimps, 14 brothel owners and two customers were arrested and Rs 4,85,260 was seized. The CID police also found account books, registers and huge quantity of unused condoms piled up in rice bags which were also seized, she said.
The 10 minor victims, one of them as young as 13 years, were sent to a shelter home after they were produced before the Child Welfare Committee of Medak district. Whereas, 20 adult victims were sent to another shelter home run by Prajwala. On the other hand, the accused were remanded in judicial custody.
Explaining the pathetic conditions of the victims, the CID Chief said, “We were shocked to find out in a medical examination that a condom was left inside the vagina of a minor girl and each victim was forced to entertain 10 customers a day.”
She also said that a minor girl from Warangal was lured by a woman offering a job but instead forced her into prostitution. The girl was not even paid her remuneration, instead, the trafficker used to tell the victim that her cousin brother had been collecting her share of money frequently, while the victim told the counselors that she was unaware of any such cousin brother.
Another minor girl suffering from severe breathing problems with both her legs swollen was denied treatment and forced to entertain the customers, the CID Chief said. The most disturbing finding was that two victims were mentally unstable and one of them was trafficked from Karnataka.
She also said that three victims tested HIV positive and one minor girl who was rescued in the past from Yadagirigutta was re-trafficked and forced into prostitution. This clearly indicated that the human trafficking gangs of Yadagirigutta and Ramayampeta are connected.
Soumya Mishra said that the organisers were leading a luxurious life. Their children were enrolled in English medium schools with the flesh money by the minor victims. Further, the organisers were keeping trained dogs to prevent the victims against any attempt to escape.
The victims were forced to do prostitution in small rooms and the organisers charged Rs 500 for 10 minutes from the customers. The traffickers had also created false documents such as Aadhaar cards for the victims with same surnames so as to show that the victims were cousins and relatives of the organisers, the CID Chief said.
She refused to comment on whether the local police was hand-in-glove with the organisers of the brothel. She, however, said the local police did register some cases in the past.