DEVESH PANDEY /THE HINDU
A small-time Bhojpuri singer has been arrested along with an accomplice and a woman brothel-owner for allegedly trafficking a minor girl from Karnataka to the Capital for prostitution. Four girls, including two minors, were rescued during the operation.
The racket was unearthed after, at the instance of the Karnataka Police, a sister of one of the girls recently sold to the brothel-owner named Jyoti called her up claiming that she also wanted to be initiated into prostitution as she had no source of livelihood, nor anyone to take care of her. Jyoti fell into the trap and gave the girl the contact number of a human trafficker named Venkatesh who operated from Bangalore.
The police developed the lead, laid a trap at a railway station from where the suspect was to board a train to Delhi along with a minor girl and nabbed him. At his instance, and in coordination with the local police and non-government organisation Shakti Vahini, the team arrested another alleged trafficker, Allauddin, at Shastri Park in the trans-Yamuna area of Delhi on Sunday.
During interrogation, Allauddin allegedly claimed that he was a Bhojpuri singer and had recently released an album. The accused disclosed that he had been operating for the past 18 months and would by himself or through Venkatesh bring girls from Karnataka to sell them off to Jyoti. The accused lured the victims on the pretext of good jobs.
At his instance, the police raided the brothel on G. B. Road and rescued three girls, including a minor. The brothel-owner was subsequently arrested. The victims disclosed that they were physically tortured by her.
The victims were produced before the Mayur Vihar Child Welfare Committee that granted their temporary custody to the Karnataka Police for their restoration to respective families following mandatory procedures.
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