The social service branch (SSB) of the Mumbai police on Saturday night arrested two women for allegedly running a brothel in Girgaum.
During the raid, the police rescued a 17-year-old girl and seven women in their early 20s. The minor had been brought to the city from Kolkata.
The police are looking for two agents in the case.
The minor, in her statement to the police, said one Mukhtar Bhai, who allegedly deals in buying and selling of women’s wigs, befriended her in Kolkata a few months ago.
According to sources, the man allegedly promised to marry her and developed a sexual relationship with the minor. When the girl, the youngest of five siblings, became pregnant, the accused told her to come with him to Mumbai, where they would get married.
“When the girl came to Mumbai with Mukhtar, he allegedly sold her to one Raju (full name not known) for Rs25,000 in Navi Mumbai. Raju, too, allegedly raped the pregnant woman for two months before selling her to a brothel owner in Girgaum,” said an officer from DB Marg police station.
“The girl was then forced into flesh trade. When she resisted, the owner abused and assaulted her. They threatened to kill her and also burnt her face with cigarettes,” said inspector Raja Bidkar, SSB.
The SSB team comprising inspector Bidkar, Vilas Datir and staff Siraj Mujawar, Ramesh Avhad, Sanjay Pawar and C Ghige rescued the women, including one from Bangladesh, and recovered Rs77,650 cash.
The accused Mukhtar and Raju would allegedly lure girls from other states and force them into flesh trade, Bidkar said.
The two wanted accused along with the two arrested accused have been booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act for rape, kidnapping, confinement, forcing for prostitution.