Brothel raided, 5 women among 8 held

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Dec 29, 2014 20:50 IST

The Salem Tabri police claimed to have cracked a flesh trade racket with arrest of eight, including five women, from Chhawni Mohalla on Sunday.

A case has been registered against the accused under Section 3, 4 and 5 of the Immoral Trafficking Act against the accused. The accused have been identified as Palo, Sunita, Pinku, Jyoti, Deepa, Manoj Kumar, Munna Kumar and Billa.

The police have produced the accused before the court on Monday. The court ordered to send the accused to jail on judicial custody.

SHO at the Salem Tabri police station inspector Maninder Bedi said the police had raided the house following a tip off on Sunday and arrested the accused from the brothel. "Palo is the kingpin of the brothel. She used to arrange women for the customers," he added.

8-year-old girl rescued

In a shocking development, the Salem Tabri police have rescued an 8-year-old girl from the brothel on Monday, following the information provided by the kingpin of the brothel.
The kingpin woman had hid the girl in a store room on Sunday, when the police conducted the raid at the house.

On Monday, the police have produced the 8-year-old girl before the court. The court has reserved the decision on the rescued girl till Tuesday and ordered the police to keep the girl with some family for a day.

Kingpin of the brothel Palo has told the police that a man named Ninder had handed over the girl to her a few days ago in exchange of some money. She has been bringing up the girl. She had also disclosed that she wanted to push the girl into prostitution after she grows up.

SHO at the Salem Tabri police station inspector Maninder Bedi said the police had come to know about the girl on Monday during interrogation of the accused. The police had rescued the girl immediately.

The girl had told the police that her father had deserted her and her mother. After that her mother got married to someone else and handed her over to Ninder. The SHO said the police had been trying to trace Ninder to find the relatives of the girl. The police will produce the girl before the court on Tuesday.

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