Sleuths of the anti-human trafficking cell of Thane Rural Police and members of a local NGO on Wednesday rescued three minor girls forced into prostitution by a gang of three sisters, who operated a flesh trade racket from the metropolis.
Acting on a complaint from members of Bandra-based NGO Operation Rahab, pertaining to a sex trade racket being operated in the Mira-Bhayandar area by a Mumbai-based gang of pimps, a police team laid a trap and arrested three women who, along with three minor girls, were waiting for clients in the premises of Hotel Grand near Golden Nest in Bhayandar (east) in the Thane district this afternoon.
The arrested women have been identified as Heena Chari, 22, Babli Chari, 25 and Bindiya Chari, 29, all residents of the Four Bungalows area in the western suburb of Andheri, police said.
A case under sections 366, 372 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 4, 5 and 6(a) of the Prevention Of Immoral Trafficking Act, 1956 (PITA) has been registered against the Chari sisters, who have been remanded in four days police custody by the district sessions court at Thane.
After conducting medical tests, the rescued girls were sent to the Rescue Foundation’s Child shelter at Kandivli.