Human trafficking racket busted, eight held
A major international human trafficking racket was busted on Monday night in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai when the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) rescued 26 women and eight girls.
The special crime branch of the CBI arrested eight people allegedly involved in the racket. Among those arrested is a man who had allegedly forced his daughter into the racket.
Mohammed Ansari (45) had forced his daughter into the flesh trade for about six months in 2007 before the police rescued her in May 2007, officials said.
She was handed over to the state Child Welfare Committee (CWC), which sent her to an observation home.
“The CWC had then refused to hand over the girl to Ansari,” said a senior CBI official requesting anonymity.
He said that Ansari waited for his daughter to turn 18 this year and brought her back home.
He again allegedly forced her into the racket along with his niece for the last two to three months, before the CBI rescued her from Vashi.
Rishi Raj Singh, joint director of CBI, West Zone, said the victims were brought from Assam, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Bangladesh.
“After receiving information regarding the international human trafficking racket, different teams of CBI raided some hotels and hideouts in Chembur and Vashi,” Singh said.
In Vashi, 21 victims, including two minors from Bangladesh, were rescued. Vitthal Patil (29), a Mumbai resident, Raju Gowda (26), a resident of Karnataka, Ranjeet Saw (26) from Jharkhand and Ansari were arrested.
Another CBI team raided a hideout in Chembur’s Sindhi Colony and rescued 13 victims. The owner of the place, Jasbeer Kaur (55), was arrested along with Pramod Saw (35), Bibash Roy (40) and Sampa Roy (35).
The Roys came to Mumbai from Kolkata allegedly posing as husband and wife and brought three girls, a week ago. The CBI also found Rs 4.79 lakh from the hideout. The CBI is looking for the kingpin of the racket.
The victims were sold by agents to the accused for Rs 10,000 each for the minors and Rs 40,000 to Rs 45,000 each for others, officials said.
All eight accused are in CBI custody till June 8.