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Four members of a gang that forced teens into prostitution nabbed

The gang targeted girls from poor families and convince them to leave their houses before pushing them into prostitution.

noida Updated: Sep 02, 2018 02:58 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Noida
Prostituion racket,Noida Police,Teenage girls
The case came to light after a scrap dealer complained to the police that his 15-year-old daughter had gone missing.(REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

A gang of four, including a woman, was nabbed on Saturday near the Sector 15 Metro station for allegedly abducting girls and forcing them into prostitution.

A 15-year-old girl was rescued from them, the police said.

According to the police, the case came to light after a missing persons report was filed by the father of the teenage girl.

“On August 22, the complainant, who works as a scrap dealer, had alleged that his daughter had gone missing when she went to buy groceries. Once we started investigating, we were told by eyewitnesses that they had seen the girl go into the office of one of the accused, Santosh Kumar, who claims to be an ayurveda doctor and runs a clinic in the area,” Manoj Kumar Pant, station house officer, Sector 20 police station, said

He said that Kumar was taken into custody and questioned.

“After surveillance and following various leads, we were able to nab the other accused persons near the Sector 15 Metro station around noon today. The teenager was also rescued as they were on their way to take her to a client,” the SHO said.

The police have said that according to the statements of the accused persons, the girl had been ‘sold’ by Kumar to the other three for Rs 1 lakh.

“Kumar’s role was to identify girls from financially weak backgrounds, convince them to leave their houses and elope with him. He would then sell the girls to the other three. While Mohammad Hakim and Saurabh acted as pimps, the woman’s role was to give the girls a makeover and prepare them for prostitution,” Pant said.

The police are now trying to identify the role of the accused persons in other such cases.

“The girls were supplied to clients in Delhi-NCR. Only one girl has been rescued till now. We have asked for a police custody remand of the accused persons so we can question them in detail and rescue other girls who have been forced into prostitution,” the SHO said.

The police have registered a case of kidnapping (Section 363 of the IPC) and also levied provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and the provisions of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956.

A medical test was ordered for the girl, the police said.

First Published: Sep 02, 2018 02:58 IST