West Bengal girls rescued from Maharashtra brothels

Kolkata, Oct 9, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS) Ten minor and six adult girls, who had been missing for one to two years from their homes in different parts of West Bengal, have been rescued recently from flesh trade in Mumbai and Pune, according to Inspector General (II) of Criminal Investigation Department Soumen Mitra.

The girls, mostly under 20 and hailing from impoverished families of Bengal, have been rescued from the red light areas of Mumbai, India’s No 1 commercial and business state following joint raids carried out by Mumbai Police and West Bengal Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

The girls have been restored to their families.

Nine of the girls are from South 24-Parganas, three from Murshidabad, one each from North 24-Parganas, Burdwan and Howrah, while one was from Orissa.

The girls had gone missing from their homes over the last couple of years after they were lured by offers of lucrative jobs in big cities.

“We rescued these girls from different redlight areas with active support of local police after the CID got specific tip-off from an arrested trafficker,” Mitra said.

North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Murshidabad, Burdwan and Howrah districts are known as safe havens for traffickers.

The trafficers, in the guise of business agents,  take the girls with the consent of their parents, purportedly to give them jobs to Delhi, Mumbai and Pune and sell them at a premium to brothels.

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