- NET Web Desk
As many as four minor girls hailing from the northeastern state of Tripura who were forced into flesh trade in Chennai have been rescued by security forces.
According to reports, a Tripura woman – the key accused, identified as Chalema Khatun was solely responsible for bringing these four minors, aged 14-17 in Chennai, thereby tormenting & forcing them into the racket.
Chalema along with her spouse – Anwar Hussain brought these minors to the city under the guise of helping them attain jobs into a massage parlour and a hospital. After arriving to Chennai on January 17, they were shifted to a rented house in Padur and forced into prostitution.
Meanwhile, the aides of Chalema – Alauddin, Moinudeen and Alamgir Hussain sexually assaulted the girls and even filmed them. Such recordings were used to blackmail them and forced them into prostitution, which continued till January 26.
“The girls were beaten, tortured and raped repeatedly by the accused. Each girl was then sent to six men every day between 7 pm and early morning. They were forced to generate Rs 50,000.” – asserted the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) member N Lalitha.
As per a First Information Report (FIR), police control room received information on January 26 about the flesh trade and Kelambakkam police were alerted. Accordingly, 4 police personnel reached the spot allowed the accused to leave after taking a bribe instead of rescuing the victims.
With cops been alerted about such activities, the gang shifted the girls to a lodge at Flower Bazaar on January 26 and planned to move to Bengaluru the next day. However, one girl managed to escape from the lodge and approached police personnel on patrol on Republic Day.
Meanwhile, the Flower Bazaar police were alerted and a team rushed to the lodge and all four victims were rescued.
An FIR was registered under sections pertaining to Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, The IT Act (Violation of Privacy), JJ Act and Immoral Traffic Prevention Act.