Two persons involved in women trafficking were intercepted by the Detective Department (DD) officials of Asansol Durgapur Police Commissionerate (ADCP) yesterday from Durgapur. The two were arrested from Nutan Pally locality near Benachity Market Durgapur.
The DD of the Asansol Durgapur Police Commissionerate started investigating the case after one trafficked woman was rescued from Ghaziabad last year. The woman from 54-feet locality of Durgapur was lured with a job offer. The rescued girl complained to police that she was forced to be a part of the flesh-trade racket.
Yesterday, the DD officials cracked down the two in a residential quarter in Natun Pally locality and intercepted two pimps identified as Malati Roy and Susama Das.
ACP (DD), Mr Asit Pande, said: “They used to pick up the local girls from the poor families offering fake jobs and engage them to serve as sex workers.”
Police said: “They have arms in Jharkhand, Bihar and Delhi.”
Human trafficking is the third largest organized crime after drugs and the arms trade across the globe. Close to 80% of the human trafficking across the world is done for sexual exploitation and the rest is for bonded labor and India is considered as the hub of this crime in Asia. It is further assumed that only 30% of the total cases are reported, so the actual number is pretty high.
The most recent report by United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) entitled ‘Anti Human Trafficking, 2013’ disclosed that in West Bengal more than 19,000 women and children were reported to be missing out of which only 6000 could be traced.
The state is considered as one of the most vulnerable place for trafficking as it serves not only as a central location for intra and interstate trafficking but to international trafficking also, reports Krishnendu Bandyopadhyay and Rohit Khanna for Times Of India.