Busting an international sex trade racket, the Social Service Branch (SSB) of the Mumbai police on Tuesday rescued 36 girls who were about to board a flight to Dubai from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. The girls were allegedly being trafficked to Dubai.
Twenty-seven of the women, who are aged between 22 and 27, were from Mumbai and the rest from Hyderabad.
Source in the SSB said that two pimps, who posed as agents for the group, mentioned as a cultural troupe, were arrested. The operation was aided by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Delhi Police and the Union home department.
A senior SSB official told HT that a woman who had been drawn into the syndicate on the pretext of being sent to Gulf countries for dance performance, had been pushed into flesh trade when she reached Dubai. She then lodged a complaint with the DN Nagar police early in August. The SSB then began a probe and tracked the syndicate down.
The girls were allegedly going to be forced into sex trade in various Gulf countries on reaching Dubai.
The alleged pimps have been booked under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA). Police are on the lookout for some more operators of the racket.
BG Shekhar, deputy commissioner of police, enforcement, who heads the SSB, said that this is the biggest rescue from an international sex trade syndicate this year.
The women have been brought back to Mumbai and sent to a shelter, following their medical examination at the GT Hospital.