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Woman held for human trafficking

The Hindu, Aug 22, 2006

Accused had come to Delhi to sell another young woman from Latur

NEW DELHI: A middle-aged woman allegedly engaged in trafficking of humans was caught at New Delhi railway station on Monday after a woman she had sold to a brothel-owner on G.B. Road here eight years ago identified her. The accused had come to the Capital to sell another young woman from Latur in Maharashtra to flesh traders.

Dayawati (name changed) also belongs to Latur, a place that was completely devastated in the 1993 earthquake and has emerged as one of the biggest sources of human trafficking. Then a mother of two, Dayawati was allegedly brought to the Capital by Rukmini on the pretext of getting her a good job. However, she was soon handed over to the flesh traders and taken to G.B. Road where she was subjected to physical exploitation for five years. Subsequently Dayawati contracted HIV.

Three years ago, Dayawati came into contact with members of Shakti Vahini, a non-government organisation fighting human trafficking, and she quit the flesh trade and began working for the organisation to rescue minors and women being pushed into the flesh trade.

Along with the Shakti Vahini activists she made frequent visits to railway stations to spot human traffickers who bring young girls from other States to be pushed into the flesh trade here. During one such round on Monday, Dayawati spotted the woman who had brought her to the Capital and sold her to the flesh traders. She along with NGO members Jagdeep and Nishi overpowered her.

The NGO then immediately called up the Police Control Room after which the accused — who had brought another woman, with a daughter and a son, along with her — was taken to the area police station. A 65-year-old "tout", Sripath, allegedly involved in the racket, has also been detained.

Initial investigations revealed that Rukmini had brought the new victim from Latur and had kept her in Mumbai for two months before bringing her to Delhi to sell her to the flesh traders. "Some people had come from G.B Road to receive the human trafficker and the victim, but they vanished from the scene after they spotted us at the railway station," said Nishi.

Ravi Kant of Shakti Vahini said while a complaint in this regard had been lodged with the Railway police another complaint would be lodged at Kamla Market police station, under which the G.B Road area falls