Arunachal PradeshPolice, Rescue 4 Minors, Bust Inter-State Prostitution Racket

Arunachal Pradesh Police busted an inter-state prostitution racket, rescuing four minor girls aged 10-15 and arresting 15 individuals, including six government officials. The accused used WhatsApp groups to find customers and forced the minors into prostitution.

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Arunachal PradeshPolice, Rescue 4 Minors, Bust Inter-State Prostitution Racket

Arunachal PradeshPolice, Rescue 4 Minors, Bust Inter-State Prostitution Racket

In a major crackdown on human trafficking and sexual exploitation, the Arunachal Pradesh Police have busted an inter-state prostitution racket, rescuing four minor girls aged 10 to 15 years from Itanagar and arresting 15 individuals, including six government officials. The operation, conducted on May 4, 2024, has exposed the dark underbelly of the trafficking network that spans across state borders.

Why this matters: The bust of this inter-state prostitution racket highlights the alarming reality of human trafficking and sexual exploitation of minors in the region, emphasizing the need for stronger law enforcement and social support systems to protect vulnerable children. It also underscores the importance of addressing the root causes of trafficking, including poverty and lack of education, to prevent such crimes from occurring in the first place.

Acting on a tip-off, the police raided a brothel-cum-residence in Chimpu, near Itanagar, operated by Techi Rina and Jamlo Tagung. The rescued girls revealed that they were trafficked from Dhemaji in neighboring Assam by two sisters, Pushpanjali Mili and Purnima Mili, who run a beauty parlor in Itanagar. The sisters, along with two other women, forced the minors into prostitution.

The arrested individuals include four women involved in the prostitution racket and 11 men, among them six government employees. The accused used WhatsApp groups and other channels to find customers, share photos of the minor girls, fix rates, and arrange meetings at hotels or other locations. Two hotels involved in the crime have been identified, and the police have initiated legal proceedings against the hotel managers and owners.

Capital SP Rohit Rajbir Singh stated, "The matter has been conveyed to the child welfare committee (CWC) and based upon their complaint, a case was registered at Itanagar women police station and investigation was taken up." The rescued girls are currently under the care of shelter homes, receiving medical attention and mental health support.

Preliminary medical tests indicate that three of the four rescued girls have a high viral load, possibly pointing to the presence of sexually transmitted diseases. Further tests are being conducted to confirm the same and determine if the minors were subjected to sexual assault.

The accused face departmental action, while the licenses of the two hotels are set to be canceled. SP Rohit Rajbir Singh acknowledged the efforts of the entire police team across all ranks in rescuing the minor girls and bringing the perpetrators to justice.

The bust of this inter-state prostitution racket has shed light on the alarming reality of human trafficking andarrestedindividuals involved in the prostitution racket. As the investigation continues, the Arunachal Pradesh Police remain committed to dismantling such networks and ensuring the safety and well-being of the victims.