Raids on trains from east and northeast to curb Girl Trafficking

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NEW DELHI: The rescue of seven girls from West Bengal, after a raid on March 16 in various placement agencies in northwest Delhi and the subsequent rescue of several girls from four other states of India in May from the red-light areas of the Capital has led the Delhi Police to begin a 24-hour check on various trains arriving from Bengal, Jharkhand and the entire northeast.

These raids – without prior information – were first mooted by the NGOs. The Delhi Police has decided to hold talks with their Kolkata counterparts on the issue. The NGOs working against child trafficking have long been demanding a more “proactive and joint” action from the cops of all states.

“I have instructed by GRP staff to keep an eye on each of the children in some specific trains from east, northeast and south India. The whole idea is to ensure we nab the traffickers and rescue the children before they get mingled with the city’s population making it all the more difficult to nab and rescue them,” said Sanjay Bhatia, additional DCP (railways).

According to a reply to a Lok Sabha question, filed by the state crime records bureau on March 15 this year, a total of 7917 minor girls were “untracked” till 2011 from across India and believed to be in capital. Similarly, 3311 minor boys are missing from West Bengal alone, while another 2149 adult females were untracked till the end of last year.

When contacted, an officer of Kolkata CID department said they had begun random checks on trains leaving for the Capital. “We have started the exercise about a month back. But I have no qualms in admitting that the drive has not been satisfactory so far. Only a greater coordination with Delhi, UP and Jharkhand police can control this menace,” said an officer.

Cops in Kolkata and Delhi said they had zeroed in on two persons identified as Raj and Raju, who operate from the railway stations in and around Kolkata. A Delhi police team will be in the city soon to coordinate with Kolkata Police and nab the duo.

Sources in Delhi Police Anti Human Trafficking Unit said the girls, mostly, assemble at the Sealdah, Howrah, Guwahati and Ranchi railway stations and board trains like the Poorva Express, Kalka Mail and even Toofan Express and Jharkhand SK Express.

“This year alone, we have identified over a hundred cases of women trafficking from North 24 Parganas, Nadia, Malda and Coochbehar. We have over 500 untraced cases in last few years. We are also on the lookout for groups of girls arriving suspiciously in these trains at the New Delhi and Old Delhi stations. However, such raids have their limitations and constraints. Hence, we are still working on the finer details of carrying out these surprise checks,” said an AHTU official.

Shakti Vahini coordinator Rishi kant, who has been working on the issue for several years, said: “There are over 10,000 children missing from east India according to data provided in the Parliament last year most of whom use the rail network. We want cops to note down addresses of the girls arriving in the Capital for jobs. They can then check these addresses to find if those are genuine. Strict action against dubious agencies, which sell these girls in Haryana as brides, should be taken.”

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Illicit flesh trade lurks in Ranchi nooks & crannies

RANCHI: On March 24, four sex workers were arrested with three of their clients in an area under Chutia police station, who confessed to operating from a hotel on the busy Station Road with the help of pimps. Further revelations under interrogation led to several raids in various hotels, lodges and residential houses in the city but the police rarely found any success as news of the planed raids always managed to leak somehow.

The flourishing sex racket in the city operates through well organised networks with tentacles outside state borders as well. Ranchi police has nevertheless launched a massive crackdown on prostitution in the city and has busted as many as 26 sex rackets over the past one year.The trade has been found to flourish in the guise of massage parlours, dance bars, cabin restaurants and from seedy hotels and residential colonies. Many massage parlours running sex rackets were busted by the police in Booty More, Bariatu, Harmu and East Jail Road areas in the past year. Three massage parlours were busted between November and December last year from Lalpur police station area alone.

Arrested sex workers revealed their customers range from college students to executives from private companies, brought to them through a network of pimps and managers.”In most massage parlours, which use the front of beauty parlours, a well organized sex racket used to run with a specific set of customers,” said Lalpur officer in-charge Phoolan Nath.”The sex workers arrested so far revealed they do not entertain every client but only those who come through proper channels through pimps or other reference contacts,” said Nath.

The death of one Amit Mukherjee, who was shot dead on July 7 last year near Hotel Yuvraj near Rajendra Chowk, also brought to the fore the competitiveness between various networks involved in the trade. Police investigation revealed Mukherjee used to bring over girls from Burdwan and Kolkata for local customers on demand and was running a lucrative network, which irked other racketeers. The girls he brought used to visit customers in hotels, flats and lodges.

Police also stumbled upon the trend of more and more flesh trade rackets operating from posh residential colonies as well lately. Ranchi SSP Praveen Kumar Singh accepts it is a disturbing trend and says police is trying to curb the menace by conducting frequent raids in possible hideouts and intelligence gathering. Singh also accepted such rackets often go unnoticed until residents of a particular area start to smell something fishy and complain. “No such illicit trade can be allowed in any area and police is keeping a close watch on such activities,” said Singh.

Illicit flesh trade lurks in Ranchi nooks & crannies

Raids on trains to curb trafficking to check trafficking

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KOLKATA/NEW DELHI: The rescue of seven girls from West Bengal, after a raid on March 16 in various placement agencies in northwest Delhi and the red-light areas of the Capital, has led the Delhi Police to begin a 24-hour check on various trains arriving from Kolkata.

These raids – without prior information – were first mooted by the NGOs. The Delhi Police has decided to hold talks with their Kolkata counterparts on the issue. The NGOs working against child trafficking have long been demanding a more “proactive” approach from the cops of two states.

According to a reply to a Lok Sabha question, filed by the state crime records bureau on March 15 this year, a total of 7917 minor girls were “untraced” till 2011. Similarly, 3311 minor boys are missing from West Bengal, while another 2149 adult females were untraced till the end of last year.

When contacted, an officer of Kolkata CID department said they had begun random checks on trains leaving for the Capital. “We have started the exercise about a month back. But I have no qualms in admitting that the drive has not been satisfactory so far. Only a greater coordination with Delhi, UP and Jharkhand police can control this menace,” said an officer. Cops in Kolkata and Delhi said they had zeroed in on two persons identified as Raj and Raju, who operate from the railway stations in and around Kolkata. A Delhi police team will be in the city soon to coordinate with Kolkata Police and nab the duo.

Sources in Delhi Police Anti Human Trafficking Unit said the girls, mostly, assemble at the Sealdah and Howrah railway stations and board Poorva Express, Kalka Mail and even Toofan Express. “This year alone, we have identified over a hundred cases of women trafficking from North 24 Parganas, Nadia, Malda and Coochbehar. We have over 500 untraced cases in last few years. We are also on the lookout for groups of girls arriving suspiciously in these trains at the New Delhi and Old Delhi stations. However, such raids have their limitations and constraintsHence, we are still working on the finer details of carrying out these surprise checks,” said additional DCP (crime) Joy Tirkey.

NGO coordinator Rishi Kant ( Shakti Vahini), who has been working on the issue for several years, said: “There are over 10,000 children missing from West Bengal according to data provided in the Parliament last year. We want cops to note down addresses of the girls arriving in the Capital for jobs. They can then check these addresses to find if those are genuine. Strict action against dubious agencies, which sell these girls in Haryana as brides, should be taken.”

Girl escapes from clutter of prostitution

AKOLA: A gang of four persons, including a couple, were arrested on Monday for pushing a 17-year-old minor girl from Bangladesh into prostitution and sexually assaulting her for two months.

Ashish Dhumal (22), a resident of Vishwakarma Nagar, Nagpur, Rani Mohd Afsar (22) of Hakimpur, Shrikrishna Bhakre (24) and his wife Durge (21), residents of Vitthal Nagar Lahan Umri near here, were arrested. Offences have been registered under sections 376, 366 of Indian Penal Code and sections 3, 4, 5, 6 and 9 of Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA). They have been charged with rape and purchasing the girl for prostitution and remanded to police custody for a week.

The illegal flesh trade came to light when the girl managed to escape from the custody of the accused and took shelter at a nearby house. Harrowingly, she was forced to fulfill the sexual desire of 10 persons here. When she narrated the incident, the woman who had given her protection, took her to a police station and the racket was busted.

The girl was shifted from one place to another on contract basis by those who purchased her from the partners in the crime. The girl was first sold to Subrato for Rs 30 at Dhaka in Bangladesh on December 27 last year. She was then purchased at Kolkata railway station by Sonu who took her to Surat in Gujarat and earned lakhs of rupees. Sonu then handed her over to Krishna at Thane. Krishna too earned money by forcing her into prostitution. Then Krishna struck a deal with Dhumal who purchased her for 17 days on contract. Dhumal brought her to Akola and handed her over to Bhakre of Lahan Umri here.

Before she managed to escape, she was badly beaten up and forced to fulfill the sexual desire of 10 persons on March 4. After her physical examination was conducted on Tuesday, offences under PITA were slapped on the accused. The matter is being probed.

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CCB sleuths bust prostitution racket

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BANGALOR: Sleuths of the Central Crime Branch (CCB) busted an inter-state prostitution racket with an international touch, after raiding a posh hotel on Brigade road.Two women, including a 21-year-old woman from Uzbekistan, and three pimps were arrested in the raid, while the kingpin of the racket is on the run.

Assistant Commissioner of Police S V Guled said that the accused Gulnoz and Sabirova, had come to India on tourist visa last year, but did not return even after it expired. “Gulnoz is part of an interstate sex racket being operated across metro cities,” Guled said, adding that she used to shift her base frequently to avoid detection by the law.

Guled further said that the owner of Hotel Brigade Palace, Syed Usman, who is also the kingpin of the racket hired Gulnoz and a few other women from Andhra Pradesh for an escort service. “Usman is now on the run and efforts are being made to nab him,” he said.Police said, the women in the age group of 21-28, had come on a tourist visa and would earn over Rs 5 lakh a month from high-flying sex rings in south Delhi, Goa, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai and Bangalore.

Investigations have revealed that there is an international racket thriving relentlessly on these women, who are being flown in on tourist visas from economically challenged countries such as Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Russia. These women are lured in with the offer of money in exchange of sex. Over the past few years, India has witnessed thousands of massage parlors, escort agencies and friendship clubs mushrooming across metropolitan cities, which act as fronts for prostitute rackets. “We have also nabbed three pimps, Rakesh, Syed Sameer and M S Sandeep. Along with Gulnoz, we have nabbed a 24-year-old call girl identified as Pari from Andhra Pradesh, who was staying in the hotel to entertain hotel guests,” Guled said.

TRAFFICKER WANTED IN SEVERAL CASES ARRESTED

HUMAN TRAFFICKING NEWS IS A SHAKTI VAHINI NATIONAL LEGAL RESEARCH DESK INITIATIVE

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IN A SEARCH OPERATION CONDUCTED FOR TWO DAYS ACROSS DELHI AND GHAZIABAD BY A CID TEAM FROM WEST BENGAL (AHTU) / DELHI POLICE (AHTU) AND SHAKTI VAHINI A TRAFFICKER WANTED IN SEVERAL CASES IN WEST BENGAL WAS ARRESTED AND FIVE MINOR GIRLS WERE RECOVERED. THE ARRESTED HAPPENED ON 29 SEPTEMBER 2011.DOCUMENTS CONTAINING DETAILS OF HUNDREDS OF GIRLS HAVE BEEN SEIZED . DOCUMENTS MENTIONING FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS HAVE ALSO BEEN RECOVERED. THE ACCUSED WAS RUNNING AN ILLEGAL PLACEMENT AGENCY. THE CID WEST BENGAL (AHTU) HAD COME TO DELHI UNDER THE ORDERS OF THE KOLKATTA HIGH COURT. THE DELHI POLICE AHTU PROVIDED ALL TECHNICAL , LOGISTICAL AND INVESTIGATION SUPPORT

Minor girl rescued from bus stand

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A 15-year-old girl was rescued on Friday by activists of an NGO from the Gurgaon bus stand. The girl claimed that she was physically abused by some men in uniforms in the train while she was on her way to Delhi with a woman named Sita, a native of Kolkata, who had lured her into coming to Delhi.  Neha (name changed), a native of Damding Tea estate, Siliguri, West Bengal, was rescued by Childline, an NGO’s Gurgaon team. Neha said that she had left her home three days ago with Sita and had reached Delhi on Friday morning. In her gullibility, when Sita asked her to bring some money, Neha had taken R25,000 from her home.

On the train to Delhi, Neha was apparently given some drinks and tablets and she fell unconscious. It was when she was not in her senses that she was physically abused. “From Delhi, we came to Gurgaon, where Sita left me alone,” Neha said. Rishi Kant, an activist of Shakti Vahini NGO, said: “Sita is a regular at Damding Tea estate. She lured Neha and brought her to Gurgaon. At the bus stand, she took all of Neha’s money and abandoned her. A police official saw Neha roaming around and called Childline.”

Sita is missing. Neha has been sent for a medical examination. The police are investigating the matter and have filed a case under the Juvenile act and sections 366, 363 and 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Tahira refuses to meet family

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21 DECEMBER 2010
KOLKATA: By the time she stepped out of the train on Monday dressed in a red salwar kameez, her face veiled by a red dupatta Tahira Khatun was dog-tired. The long train journey and the last five days of twists and turns had taken their toll. But as she looked around eagerly soaking in the people, the familiar ring of Bengali her eyes started sparkling. Tahira was finally in Kolkata, not far from home. 

Or was she? “No, I don’t want to go back home. Neither do I want to meet anyone from my family. I had a good life in Delhi and I don’t want to get back to the horrible life at home,” Tahira retorted, when asked if she missed her family. She had just got off the Rajdhani Express at Sealdah.

Twenty months after she was trafficked from her village Balikhal in rural Kakdwip, South 24-Parganas, and sold off in Delhi, there are no easy answers to the Tahira Khatun riddle. Members of Shakti Vahini, the NGO that helped rescue her, and the police have said repeatedly that she has been brainwashed by those who had trafficked her.

“It seems that Tahira has been brainwashed by the traffickers, who’ve convinced her that she has no life back home. But now, she seems to have started understanding a few things. The girl needs help and proper counselling by professionals,” said Rishi Kant, an activist of Shakti Vahini.

Tahira was candid about the fact that she missed her Delhi life. “Initially, I was afraid and apprehensive. But I gradually gained confidence. I was given good food, clothes and a nice play to stay. I was happy there,” the 16-year-old said. When she went missing on April 15, 2009, no one including herself thought her life would take such a turn. According to Tahira, Kalam, the man who lured her from home, promised to bail her out of poverty and the miserable life she was leading. She had no idea that she would be sold off.

Finally, when a team of Delhi Police and state CID found her in Delhi’s Begumpura on December 16, Tahira had accepted her new life. Now, even her family is not sure if they should meet her. Though they wanted to come to Kolkata, they were allegedly discouraged by CID officials. Fearing repercussions, they stayed away from the city.

“Tahira’s mother Samiran Biwi has become all the more restless after she came to know that Tahira has been traced. She has been begging us to take her to Tahira. But we are helpless. We will do that only when CID officials instruct us,” said Tahira’s stepmother Johura Biwi.

It was Johura’s untiring efforts that saw Calcutta high court come down heavily on the state police DG, which finally led to the girl being traced. Johura had knocked on the high court’s door to find her step-daughter. But till now, CID officials have not even formally informed the family that the girl has been found. They got the news from media reports.
From Sealdah, Tahira was taken to the CID headquarters at Bhavani Bhawan. She was later shifted to Sanlaap, a home for destitute girls. Members of the state child welfare board are supposed to meet her on Tuesday. 

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Sold twice, minor girl from Bengal rescued

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NEW DELHI: In a late-night operation which lasted over three hours on Wednesday against alleged human traffickers, a special team of the West Bengal CID and personnel from the crime branch of Delhi Police and west and central districts rescued a 16-year-old girl from the clutches of her captors from Begumpur in west Delhi. The minor girl had gone missing from her village in South 24-Parganas in West Bengal on April 15 last year.

One Azhar was arrested near the Rithala Metro station in northwest Delhi. Though cops denied it, locals claimed there was a brief shootout before the accused was nabbed. Cops said that Azhar is involved in trafficking young girls from eastern and other parts of India and he has been doing it for the past 12 years. “Though the case is in the initial stage of investigation, we believe that the accused is involved in at least 40 cases of trafficking,” said a senior police officer.

According to sources, the team was helped by NGO Shakti Vahini, which gave police some crucial leads. “Two of our girls even posed as decoys and intercepted the girl,” said Rishikant, a social activist heading the operations of the NGO. Cops said that the ‘lead’ in their search for the minor came after they arrested one Kalam from Park Street area in Kolkata. “We looked for her in several places in Delhi, including G B Road, Nanakpura and Prashant Vihar. It was on Azhar’s instance that we managed to rescue the minor,” said a source in the crime branch.

In her statement to the police, the minor said she was lured by one Alam and brought to Delhi where he allegedly sold her to Azhar. The accused then sold her to one Kadir alias Raju. It was at Raju’s residence that the girl was rescued, but Raju managed to give police the slip.

However, the Kolkata police could not immediately take back the girl and produce her before the Calcutta high court. “When the girl was produced before the Child Welfare Committee at Kingsway Camp in north Delhi, she was sent to a child protection centre – Nirmal Chhaya – near Tihar Jail. A separate application will have to be filed by West Bengal police before Nirmal Chhaya in order to take her back home. The girl has been sent for a medical examination.

Meanwhile, the accused Azhar has been granted two days’ custody to West Bengal police, which will take him back to the state on a transit remand. A case under sections 363 (kidnapping), 366 (kidnapping a woman to compel her to marry) and 372 (selling or letting to hire a minor for purposes of prostitution) of the IPC has been registered.

The disappearance of the minor stepdaughter of Johara Begum on April 15, 2009, had forced the West Bengal police to acknowledge before the Calcutta high court that over 2,500 teenaged girls had gone missing from Bengal last year, apparently due to rampant trafficking. The Calcutta high court had earlier directed the West Bengal police to produce the girl before it on November 12 this year. In the latest order, the court had directed that the girl be produced before it by December 7 after a haebus corpus was filed against the DGP concerned. The division bench headed by Chief Justice Jaynarayan Patel issued the order after the mother of the girl, Johra Bibi, appeared in the court and said the CID had not acted properly on the missing complaint filed by her. She had alleged that some of her relatives and neighbours, whom she had named in the FIR, had forcibly taken her daughter away.

The division bench, however, asked why the CID failed to trace the girl when her mother had named seven persons in the FIR and directed the DGP to produce her before it on November 12. After the girl had gone missing from Balikhal village in South 24-Parganas on April 15, 2009, her mother lodged a missing complaint the next day. With police failing to act on her complaint, the family filed a writ petition in the high court in May 2009 alleging that police did not take proper action to trace her.

In her statement to the police, the minor said she was lured by one Alam and brought to Delhi where he allegedly sold her to Azhar. The accused then sold her to one Kadir alias Raju.

Read more: Sold twice, minor girl from Bengal rescued – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Sold-twice-minor-girl-from-Bengal-rescued-/articleshow/7114998.cms#ixzz18L8e1qg1

IN THE TIMES OF INDIA DECEMBER 17, 2010