Meghalaya girl rescued from ‘prostitution ring’ in West Bengal

Meghalaya girl rescued from ‘prostitution ring’ in West Bengal
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TURA | Oct 18, 2019:

An NGO in Siliguri in West Bengal has managed to rescue a 17-year-old girl, hailing from Tura in West Garo Hills of Meghalaya, from what is alleged to be a sex racket, after she went missing from Tura more than 6 months ago.

The sensational rescue took place yesterday with the girl currently under the care of the NGO that rescued her — the Kanchenjunga Ucched Kendra (KUK).

The rescue of the minor girl also led to the arrest of two persons allegedly involved in pushing her into the sex racket while other involved in the case have also been identified.  

Confirming the rescue the superintendent of police, WGH informed that immediately after matters came to be known, efforts are currently on to help bring back the girl to Tura and reunite her with her family.

"She had gone missing since the past six months and a missing case has been filed in Tura. A WT message had been sent on her going missing and we were looking for her since then and normal channels had not worked. We are now coordinating with West Bengal police on the matter," confirmed superintendent of police, Dr MGR Kumar.

According to an update on the matter posted by KUK, the girl was rescued from a flying brothel near Tilak Sadur More, Siliguri by KUK.

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The victim girl was 17 years old when she was kidnapped and pushed into prostitution by the accused (a woman), 'her husband and her brother'. She was in captivity and was tortured on refusal and threatened with dire consequences. After the rescue and initial investigation, it is found that there were more girls involved in this racket.

The rescue came about after a tipoff from an informer of KUK with the full cooperation of the police who helped in the rescue. Two people involved in the racket have been arrested and an FIR lodged in the matter.

KUK was thankful to the ACP Enforcement Branch, Farooq Md Chaudhary, Angella Regmi (Incharge Women's Cell – Siliguri Police Station), Pradeep Singha (SI Siliguri Police Station) and other team members for their support and instant help during the rescue operation.

According to sources, the girl is currently in the custody of the NGO and will be produced in Court to assist the investigation.

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