In a major operation, the crime branch has rescued 14 girls trafficked from different parts of the country to the capital and its adjoining areas on the pretext of providing them jobs. The owner of a placement agency and a trafficker have been arrested for running the racket.
Identified as one Raju, the alleged trafficker used to help the owner of LG Placement Services in Chirag Delhi in luring the girls on the pretext of getting them employed as maids in the national capital region (NCR), said Ravindra Yadav, additional commissioner of police (crime).
“Raju is a trafficker and exploited the girls and their families financially,” said additional CP Yadav.
“This is one of the largest rescue missions conducted by the crime branch and it took over four months. All the 14 rescued girls have been safely escorted back to their homes. Constable Anuradha played a very active role in the operation,” he added.
After a complaint from the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), the owner of the placement agency, Laxman, and his associate Jahanara Bibi were arrested. But Raju went missing.
Informers were deployed to help trace him. A team was sent to Kolohazra village in South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal, from where he was finally arrested.
“Raju, 30, is illiterate but clever and notorious. He used to run this operation with the connivance of his mother Jahanara Bibi, his sister Shehnara and LG Placement Services owner Laxman. He learnt his networking skills from his mother, who used to run the racket of enticing minor girls and placing them in Delhi-NCR,” said additional CP Yadav. “Safe transportation of the rescued girls to West Bengal and handing them over to their parents was a huge challenge,” he added.