The police have registered a case against the 17 women, who escaped from Mahila Sudhar Gruha, a government-run women welfare home in Mankhurd, on Sunday night.
Qaiser Khalid, additional commissioner of police (east region), said: "We have taken down the details of the women and have formed teams to track them down."
Vijay Vhatkar, deputy commissioner of police (zone 6), said that in most women from the welfare home are those who have been rescued under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA).
"The number of guards present at the Sudhar Gruha is less compared to the requirement," he said.
Sources said that the 17 women had been rescued during a raid conducted by assistant commissioner of police Vasant Dhoble, in which 37 girls were rescued from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. Khalid has, however, denied the claims.