Prostitution racket busted, man held

In a joint raid by the Mizoram Police and the Pune police crime branch at a building in Karvenagar, a man from Mizoram was arrested on charges of bringing girls from Mizoram to the city for prostitution.

The accused, Pu Lalduhawma Rawudena Coil, of North Aizawl in Mizoram, was arrested early on Sunday. The police said he has a case registered against him at Bawngkawn police station in Aizawl under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 342 (wrongful confinement) and Section Five of the of the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act.

Social worker Jimmy Lalthanmawia (38) of the anti-human trafficking programme, Community Health Action Network, had lodged a complaint against Rawudena on March 1. The operation was carried out by a team led by senior police inspector Bhanupratap Barge of Social Security Cell and sub-divisional police officer (Aizawl North), Lalthangpui Pulampte at the Sanas building in Parijat Society around 3.30 am on Sunday.

Barge said, “We have found some youngsters — men and women — all from Mizoram, staying in three rented flats in the same building. They said they were brought here for training at ‘Spa Wellness Academy.’ We are verifying the details of this institute and probing if it is registered.”

He added, “The Mizoram police had a tip-off that that Rawudena was bringing girls from Mizoram to Pune for prostitution. Five of the girls have gone back with the Mizoram police saying they did not want to continue training. Rawudena has been granted a transit remand by a Pune court. Action will be taken against the academy if they are found to be breaking any law.”

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Man held for human trafficking

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THE HIMALYAN TIMES

BIRATNAGAR: Locals of Hasandaha from Morang district today held a man on charges of involvement in human trafficking and handed him over to the police.

Police arrested Prakash Chhetri of Jalwaigudi of India on charges of luring Laxmi Chaudhari (17) and Ramila Shrestha (17) of Hasandaha to India and selling them.

According to the police, Chhetri had taken the teenagers girl to India a month ago promising them of lucrative jobs. Though Ramila was rescued immediately; the whereabouts of Laxmi is still unknown.

Meanwhile Hridayawati, Laxmi’s mother, said Chhetri had taken her daughter to India with the help of his sister-in-law Nirmala Chhetri whose maternal home is in Hasandaha-7, Morang. Police said that Nirmala is in India now. The locals had trapped Prakash when he had come to visit his relative Dipak Thapa in Hasandaha.

Chhetri denied of his involvement in selling the girls. However, Police Inspector Keshav Bhattarai, Area Police Office Pathari, said that Chhetri has admitted taking the girls to Chandigarh, India, after taking Rs 24,000 Indian rupees.

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Sex racket busted in Faridabad

Chandigarh: Haryana Police claimed to have unearthed a sex racket in Faridabad with the arrest of five women and two men. Police had got information that a prostitution racket was being run from the ground floor of a house in sector-3, Faridabad. It was revealed that a lady namely Sonu, who lived in the house on rent, had been allegedly lending the house for prostitution purposes.

On the basis of specific information, a team was constituted, headed by Inspector, Women’s Cell, Ballabhgarh Asha Rani who raided the house and made the arrests.

SEX RACKET BUSTED BY THE ALERT STAFF OF PS K.N.KATJU MARG, DELHI BY APPREHENDING TWO PIMP AND THREE PROSTITUTES

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The PS K.N. Katju Marg had busted a sex racket who were operating at House No A-8/97, Sector 16, Rohini and arrested three prostitutes along with two pimps for indulging and facilitation of prostitution.

INCIDENT

On 10/11/11 at about 06.55 P.M Insp. Sanjeev Kumar, S.H.O K.N.Katju Marg received a secret information about the activities of prostitute gang being operated at House No A-8/97, Sector 16, Rohini.  The facts were verified and a raiding party under the supervision of Inspector Sanjeev Kumar comprising of SI Vishesh Kumar No D-147, Ct Virender No.2859/OD, Ct Dharmender No 744/OD, Ct Jayender No 1226/OD, Ct. Sanjay 958/OD, L/Ct. Shashi Negi No. 2297/OD and W/Ct Usha No 2269/OD was constituted.  It was found that Pradeep Kumar Gupta S/o Narender Nath Singhal R/o 19/8, Sec-7, Rohini, Delhi and Saroj W/o Pradeep Gupta R/o A-8/97, Sec-16, Rohini, Delhi alongwith three girls were alluring the customers for enjoying sex.  Ct Dharmender No 744/OD was detailed as decoy customer and was directed to negotiate a deal for procuring girls.  He was given four signed notes of Rs 5,00/- duly signed for negotiating the deal.  After finalization of deal, he informed the police party by giving a signal that the deal has been negotiated.  The raiding party immediately apprehended pimps namely:- 1) Pradeep Kumar Gupta aged about 52 years and 2) Saroj aged about 32 years along with three girls namely 1) Sarita (name changed) aged about 30 years 2) Mansi (name changed) aged about 21 years 3) Nikita (name changed) aged about 20 years. Four signed notes of Rs 5,00-/ for negotiating the deal were recovered from the possession of Saroj.  Accordingly, a case FIR No 454/11 dated 10/11/11 U/S 3, 4, 5 and 8 ITP Act PS KNK Marg has been registered.

INTERROGATION & MODUS-OPERANDI :-

On interrogation, it is revealed that pimps Pradeep Kumar Gupta and Saroj used to procure the girls from different places in Delhi on a monthly contract of Rs 50,000-/ each.  They used to provide accommodation and liquor for the purpose of prostitution at their house by charging extra Rs 1000-/.  There is no limit as to how many times the prostitutes will be provided to the customers during the contract period of one month.

Girl recoils at fear of ostracism in Bengal – ‘Tortured, humiliated and brainwashed’

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New Delhi, Dec. 17: Kidnapped and sold last year and rescued from Delhi yesterday, 16-year-old Bengal girl Yasmin Khatun says she doesn’t want to return home for fear of ostracism. Consumed with shame and misplaced guilt at the “different” life she has led for the past year and a half, Yasmin (name changed) has told police and social workers she has “grave doubts” about ever being accepted by the people of her South 24-Parganas village, Balikhali.“She is both traumatised and humiliated,” said Bengal CID inspector Sarbari Bhattacharya, the leader of the police team that came to Delhi to rescue the Kakdwip girl who was abducted in April last year.

“She told me she doesn’t want to go back to Bengal because she is unsure how she would be received. She wants to remain in Delhi. The traffickers who brought her to Delhi have brainwashed her into thinking that she would be humiliated and taunted by her own people if she ever returns home.”

Tomorrow, the Delhi government’s child welfare committee (CWC) will counsel Yasmin and try to dispel her fears. At some point of time, Yasmin may have to travel at least to Calcutta, whose high court has asked the police to produce her. CWC chairperson Neera Mallick, however, said: “The girl needs counselling at least for the next six months before she is exposed to the world.”

Inspector Bhattacharya said the traffickers would torture Yasmin every time she said she wanted to return home, and had brainwashed her into thinking that after her life in Delhi, she would be an “untouchable” back in Bengal. “She is confused,” Bhattacharya said. “Sometimes she smiles and sometimes she suddenly starts crying.” Over a period of time, the officer said, Yasmin began believing she would never be able to leave and began accepting her life in Delhi. Her tormentors then started tutoring her in etiquette and the social graces, and bought her expensive dresses, to transform the rustic girl into a “lady of society”.

“I was surprised last night when, while having dinner, she suddenly asked for a napkin,” Bhattacharya said. “I never expected that from a village girl. But I quickly realised that the traffickers had been grooming her. The room we rescued her from had an air-conditioner.”Rashi Aditi Ghosh, of the NGO Shakti Vahini, who had accompanied the police on the raid to rescue the girl, too said that Yasmin had told her she didn’t want to “go back to her baba and maa”.

“She said she was disgusted with her father’s foul behaviour. She seemed confused and may not be telling the whole truth.”It’s not clear what Yasmin has against her 61-year-old father Khater Bhisti, a fish seller, but she owes her freedom to her unlettered stepmother Johora Bibi who, faced with initial police apathy, fought a lone crusade to take the battle to the high court. Ghosh said her NGO had helped rescue many trafficked girls and that she did not find Yasmin’s behaviour unusual. Having accepted their new life, especially the “material comforts” that come with it, many of the girls are reluctant to return home.

“Yasmin is ashamed of the life she has been forced to lead but, at the same time, she has grown used to the comforts. In this confused state she may be trying to find excuses not to return home,” Ghosh said. “Many girls we have rescued have behaved in this way, but she needs counselling and someone she can open her heart to.”

For now, Yasmin is staying at Nirmal Chhaya, a home for girls run by the Delhi government’s social welfare department. The police have been asked to provide all the files about Yasmin, including her medical examination report, for tomorrow’s CWC hearing that will help decide if she would be returning home.

In Calcutta, the CID said it would approach the high court on Monday and seek permission to produce Yasmin. It was the court order to produce Yasmin, on a petition from Johora, that had kicked off the hunt for her.

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