RAIPUR: Six human trafficking kingpins, including a woman involved in selling hundreds of children from Chhattisgarh’s Jashpur district were arrested during series of raids conducted at Delhi’s Shakurpur and Motinagar areas.
Ten children, including four boys were rescued.
The children hailing from Pathalgaon region of Jashpur district were found huddled in small, dingy, rooms of placement agencies and were confined for a month. The racket was busted in a joint operation by Chhattisgarh and Delhi Police in collaboration with NGO, Shakti Vahini, late on Tuesday.
Action comes in wake of recent Supreme Court order to Chhattisgarh to trace missing children within a month. Talking to TOI, Mallika Bannerjee, police in charge, who conducted raids, said, “Four traffickers were nabbed from Nirmala Placement Agencies at Motinagar and Guddu Placement Agencies at Shakurpur in north-west Delhi. Two sub-agents were arrested from Jashpur and produced in court for transit remand to Chhattisgarh.” The accused confessed to involvement in trafficking since 2008 and smuggled out children from Jashpur to households in Delhi, NCR, Ajmer, Dehradun, Punjab, Haryana, Mumbai and Jammu. “Each child was sold for Rs 25,000 of which Rs 5,000 was paid to touts,” they said.
Mallika said children rescued are in the age-group of 13-15. Two of them were sold to households in Punjab and Jammu. “They were kept locked in a room. There were other children too from different parts of the country,” she said.
During investigation, TOI found children were pushed into slavery, forced to work as nannies, beg on streets and work in garages and fields. Some were also forced into marriage and prostitution.
Children rescued from Delhi hellholes said they were lured with job offers at a cloth mill in Bilaspur with a salary of Rs 10,000 per month. “They were taken to Raigarh railway station and brought to Delhi. Their parents did not have any clue about their whereabouts. The kids were ill-treated by placement agents and not provided medical facility and served food once a day,” said police.
Now, rescued children are with child welfare committee and would be sent home after verification. This is the first time, traffickers based in Delhi were nabbed. Earlier, only sub-agents have been arrested, said police.
Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini told TOI, “Traffickers pick up children, especially minor girls from parts of Chhattisgarh, Assam, Jharkhand, Bengal and Odisha and route them to trafficking hubs in Delhi via Raigarh, Ranchi or Jharsuguda.”
Those arrested are Nirmala Lakra of Jharkhand, Arun Vajro of Assam, Shravan Kurre of Sarguja, Chhattisgarh and Amrat Tigga of Raigarh.