A human trafficking network active throughout north India since last year was neutralised by the Delhi Police after four people – including a woman, were arrested from West Delhi on Sunday.
According to police, the gang would kidnap girls in the age group of five to eight years from Delhi and sell them in Rajasthan.
“These buyers would rear the children till they attained sexual maturity, before pushing them into prostitution and other illegal activities,” said Sharad Aggarwal DCP (west).
Police identified the accused as Bina, Mangal, Ashok and Shyam Lal – hailing from Alwar district of Rajasthan but are yet to apprehend Radha (name changed), the gang’s leader.
“Radha used to work as an assistant with contractors supplying food to various primary schools in the capital,” said a senior police officer.
Police said Radha would come in contact with families of the gang’s prospective victims and then use her acquaintance with them to get access to their children.
“She would then kidnap them and traffic them to Rajasthan,” said the officer.
Police said the gang’s modus operandi and its links to Radha were discovered while interrogating the four accused persons following raids at Alwar’s Sodavas and Girvas villages.
“During interrogation, Bina disclosed that she had purchased a five-year-old girl from Radha through Shyam Lal for Rs 45,000,” the officer said.
Another girl, around eight years, was recovered from Mangal who confessed purchasing her from the same woman for Rs 40,000, police said.
“In addition to these two, another girl child has been rescued. However, she is so young that she is yet to make any intelligible reference to her home address or to the identity of her parents,” said Aggarwal.
“We have sent the children to Nirmal Chhaya and registered a case,” Aggarwal added.