Assam resident Madhumita (name changed), 16, had a smile on her face when on Wednesday she met her father in Delhi after being forced into the flesh trade here a month ago.
Inspired by the film Ghajini, in which a girl escapes from the clutches of human traffickers, Madhumita broke free from a South Delhi brothel with a customer’s help last week. Not only that, she helped the police arrest three persons who trafficked her from Assam.
Four other girls were also rescued from the inter-state gang trafficking in women and children.
Madhumita was duped into leaving her village in Assam’s Nagaon district, 128 km east of Guwahati, by her neighbour Saleem. She wanted to go to her father’s village to meet him but was not being allowed to do so by her husband. When she narrated her woe to Saleem, he readily offered to take her to her father. “I agreed and went with him,” she said.
When she and Saleem were near the Brahmaputra River, she realised he was taking her elsewhere.
“When I asked, Saleem threatened me,” Madhumita said, adding that they reached a railway station. There she found three other girls whom Saleem’s associates had brought. They were bundled into a coach and brought them to Delhi. A day after they reached the Sarai Kale Khan area of South Delhi, Madhumita and the others were forced into prostitution.
The teenager saw a glimmer of hope last week when one of the clients agreed to let her use his mobile to speak to her father. The client also helped her escape from Saleem’s brothel in Sarai Kale Khan.