Two minor girls were rescued from a brothel in GB Road area of Central Delhi on Sunday. The girls — both around 16-years-old — hail from West Bengal and were forced into prostitution a few months back.
The police said the girls had tried to escape earlier but failed. After rescuing them, the police handed over the girls to an NGO, Stop Trafficking Oppression and Prostitution of children and women (STOP), for counselling and other help.
Roma Debabrata, president of STOP, said the girl tried to get help by sending letters through her 'clients'. "She would ask her clients to deliver letters to her parents in West Bengal," she said.
The police said that one such 'client' informed the girl's father. He then came to Delhi and went to the police. The police conducted a raid and found another girl as well.
"On Monday morning, we conducted the raids in the brothels and rescued the girls. The girls told us that they were made to eat food laced with sedatives and then brought to Delhi where they were sold," said a police officer.
Debabrata said one of the girls was brought here last year two days before Diwali. "She left her house and went to the railway station after a tiff with her father. There, a woman known to her made her eat some boiled pulses laced with sedatives. After that, the girl found herself in a brothel in GB Road."
The police have sent both the girls to an observation home for girls where they will get counselling.
Debabrata said she was worried about the safety of the girls. "When we were going to the Child Welfare Committee office, the pimps were trying to intimidate us. But the CWC officials helped us in every way possible," she said.