Three couples were arrested from Pune in neighbouring Maharashtra by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Madhya Pradesh police during its probe into an inter-state flesh racket busted in September, a senior police officer said on Thursday.
The arrest of six men from whom a police patrol team had rescued two minor girls on the intervening of night of September 13-14 had blown the lid off the flesh racket.
Interrogation of these men had revealed that the minors from Pune were pushed into prostitution and brought to Damoh by local kingpin Bharat Sahu, a resident of Tedukheda.
Expanding their probe, the Damoh police had lodged a case against 23 suspects who were from Damoh, Hata and Tedukheda. Eleven of these suspects have been arrested until now, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Bharat Soni said.
The probe gained momentum after the then Damoh SP, Sidharth Bhaguna, handed the case to the police’s women cell. It led to the formation of the SIT under DSP Soni.
As part of its probe, the Special Investigation Team had some days ago reached Pune and managed to arrest the couples allegedly involved in the flesh trade. Police had deployed decoy customers to arrest these suspects red-handed in Pune.
“The six arrested were identified as Khushi, Raju, Janki, Bhagidam alias Prakash Magar, Krishna and Sudhakar .The 15-year-old Nepalese girl who was rescued in September was sold by her aunty Janki to Krishna. These couple used to act as singers and musicians at Pune and lure customers,” Soni said.