Police rescue two sisters from being sold by their mother for first time sex

MUMBAI- On Monday, 23 April 2018, Senior Police Inspector, Mr. Rajendra Patil, of the Kherwadi Police Station conducted a rescue operation under the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act (ITPA), to rescue two young girls aged 16 and 19 years old, who were to be sold for the first time as virgins, for INR 40000 and 10000. The information was provided to the police by International Justice Mission (IJM), an anti-human trafficking organisation.

The perpetrator aged 38 years old and the mother of the two girls were arrested at the scene. The rescue was conducted in a restaurant in Bandra, Mumbai, where the woman brought the girls to be selected by a customer. The police intercepted the transaction and rescued the girls.

This method of arranging the transaction in a public space is the new modus operandi of traffickers in the suburbs of Mumbai. The traffickers operate through a private network, the meetings are arranged over cell phones and via word of mouth. Following the transaction, the girls are then exploited at hotels or lodges in the vicinity.

The victims have been placed in government shelter homes for preliminary care and protection after the rescue. Based on their production before the Child Welfare Committee and the Special ITPA Court, they will be provided with necessary government support. As one of the victims is a minor the trial will be heard before the Special PoCSO Court at Churchgate.

The police have lodged a complaint against the accused under sections 370 and 370A (2) of the Indian Penal Code, section 4 and 5 of the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act and sections 4, 8 and 17 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

“This is the third rescue this month that IJM Mumbai has witnessed where the family members of the victims have been the traffickers, this never ceases to be both shocking and heartbreaking, and reminds us that there is a need for more social awareness of this problem. This is where the media has a role to play, we need society to be aware and vigilant in seeing and stopping this crime against humanity, we need communities to join this fight, especially when the crime is so close to home,” said Michael Yangad, Director of Operations, IJM Mumbai.