Six arrested for pushing woman into flesh trade

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Jan 10, 2012 11:58 IST

Six persons, including a woman, were arrested in a joint operation of Delhi and Kolkata police for forcing a woman into prostitution by kidnapping her two sons.

Police said the 24-year-old woman was brought to Delhi in November on the pretext of getting her a job.

“The gang first tried to force her into prostitution. When she refused, they kidnapped her sons and sent her to Jaipur. On December 30, she managed to escape, took her elder son from Sangam Vihar and went to Kolkata,” said Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini NGO, which assisted the police in the rescue operation.

The woman informed the Kolkata police that her two-year-old son was still with the traffickers and a team reached Delhi on January 6.

“A raid was conducted at Sangam Vihar and Govindpuri and six persons, identified as Sameer, Sartaj Khan, Kafil, Shibu, Zeeshan and Rehana were arrested,” a senior police officer said.

During interrogation, the kingpin — Sartaj Khan — told the police that the woman’s son was in Uttar Pradesh’s Gajraula district and a team was rushed there immediately.

“The child was soon rescued and handed over to his mother,” Rishi Kant said.

The victim was a vegetable vendor in Kolkata and was brought to Delhi by Rehana. Police suspect the hand of a bigger gang in the matter. All the arrested persons have been taken to Kolkata for further investigation.

 

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