Human trafficking: Hunters on the prowl

A day after the incident of an 18-year-old housewife’s abduction came to light, the police believe it could be just the tip of the iceberg — of the ubiquitous network of human trafficking in the Capital. Karan Choudhury reports.
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Updated on Jan 26, 2011 12:09 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByKaran Choudhury, New Delhi

A day after the incident of an 18-year-old housewife’s abduction came to light, the police believe it could be just the tip of the iceberg — of the ubiquitous network of human trafficking in the Capital. The woman was sold for R60,000.

She was abducted from a hospital in Delhi and allegedly sold to a man in a Haryana village. The accused couldn’t get married all these years, as he suffers from physical disability.

On Monday, the Central Delhi Police arrested two persons Ramesh (28) and Rahul (20) for allegedly kidnapping an 18-year-old housewife. The police said the accused have been involved in similar cases in the past as well. During interrogation, police found out about the intricate network of suppliers, kidnappers, buyers who have spread all over Haryana. A racket in which, women play a very important part. The two accused have been sent to a three-day police remand.

The racket had made buying a woman as easy as ordering takeaway food. Call them up, tell them what you want and wait for it to be delivered at your doorstep. It’s as easy as that. Their biggest buyers are from small towns and hamlets all over Haryana, a state that is already famous for its skewed sex ratio.

According to police, people get to know about such racketeers through word of mouth. “We have found that a woman called Baby is active in Karnal and nearby areas. We are trying to nab her to get more details about the racket,” said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity.

The police said that after an “order” is being placed, Baby would allegedly call up her accomplices in the Capital. “She would tell them the kind of woman their clients wanted including details about their height, weight, skin tone and other such specifications. The accused Ramesh and Rahul would then find the victims accordingly,” added the officer.

Like in this case Karan Singh (44), a resident of Karnal the person who allegedly “ordered” the woman lost both his legs in a train accident. “He had specifically asked Baby for a woman aged between 18 and 24 years of age,” added the officer.

The police said after the money was paid to the lady the two accused would scour for women at railway stations, bus terminals and hospitals. The police believe till now they have kidnapped at least two women in the same way so far.

15-year-old abducted, rescued later

A 15-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped by three men, including two BPO cab drivers, after she allegedly refused to have relations with one of the accused.

They allegedly abducted the girl from her house in Kirti Nagar after thrashing the father. The West Delhi Police rescued the girl on Tuesday. The three accused have been arrested.

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