A Special Operation Group (SOG) team, in a joint operation with the Gujarat ATS busted a human trafficking racket involving minor girls from Bangladesh who were forced into prostitution in Surat. The police rescued a 17-year-old girl (Minor girl) and arrested three persons, including a couple, all Bangladeshi nationals and aged in their 30s.
The Gujarat ATS shared a tip-off to the SOG that the Bangladeshi couple would reach Surat with a minor girl and were planning to force her into flesh trade. An SOG team on vigil at the Surat railway station on 16 April accosted four persons after finding their movements suspicious. Upon questioning, they did not give satisfactory answers and were taken to the SOG office. The couple and a youth then confessed, SOG sources said.
The three were arrested and the girl was sent to a children’s home on 17 April.
Police Inspector RS Suvera, SOG, said, “We are trying to dig out more information from the arrested suspects, such as whether they had brought other girls to Surat and where they are now.”
The couple approached a Murtuza, an Ankleshwar resident, to get the girl from Bangladesh to India for the purpose of prostitution. “He (Murtuza) travelled to villages in Bangladesh and brought the girls here for Rs 15,000. Murtuza used to pay Rs 4,000 to an agent who arranged for his entrance in the India border along with the girls,” a police officer said.
On 17 April, Special Operation Team sleuths, after receiving a tip-off, busted the racket by arresting Mijanur, Ajmira and Murtuza from Kamrej town and rescued the 17-year-old Bangladeshi girl who was brought in the city to be forced into prostitution. The teenager was sent to a children’s home, media reported.
Surat Police commissioner Ajay Tomar said investigations are underway to find out if the same group had forced more girls into flesh trade.
In another incident, the stepbrother of a 13-year-old girl sold her off to a gang running a prostitution racket at Singarayakonda town in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh. The incident came to fore after the minor girl sought help from police by dialling up 100.