Sex racket busted in Arunachal Pradesh, govt officials among 21 arrested

Sex racket busted in Arunachal Pradesh, govt officials among 21 arrested
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Arunachal police have arrested 21 people for their alleged involvement in a sex racket. (Representative)

Itanagar:

Arunachal Pradesh police have arrested 21 people, including government officials, for their alleged involvement in inter-state prostitution racket, and rescued five minors aged between 10 and 15 years, officials said on Wednesday.

Among the arrested government officials are a deputy commissioner of police and a deputy director of services, they said.

The minors were being trafficked to the state from Dhemaji in neighboring by two women (sisters) who run a beauty parlor in Itanagar, said capital Superintendent of Police (SP) Rohit Rajbir Singh.

Based on information that a prostitution ring involving minor girls is active in Chimpu near here, the capital police team raided the suspected brothel of two women on May 4 and rescued two minor girls.

The minor girls revealed that they were brought to Itanagar from Dhemaji by two sisters, the SP said.

After being brought to Itanagar, they were forced into prostitution by the sisters along with the other two women, the SP said.

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The Child Welfare Committee (CWC) was informed and based on the complaint of the minor girls, a case was registered at the Itanagar Women Police Station and an investigation was initiated.

Consequently, it was learned that two other minor girls trafficked in Dhemaji were in the custody of a woman and were later rescued.

All the women were arrested and are currently in police custody, while the rescued minor girls are in reception centers where they are receiving additional medical and mental health care, he said.

During investigation, police arrested six more accused, including three pimps and three sex offenders and recovered another minor girl from a lodge at Zoo Road in Chimpu, near here, on May 11, said the SP.

The police team also learned that the accused had also trafficked another minor girl, and the said girl was also a victim of a child sex trafficking ring. A search was therefore carried out in a hotel, following which the accused were arrested.

As many as 10 people involved in prostitution trafficking have been arrested, while 11 clients, including five government officials, have been arrested, Singh added.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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