Under the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act 1956, the Dehradun police arrested seven accused including two drivers, one client and four local brokers from Rajpur area. Police have also rescued six female victims belonging to three different States, who are now going through the procedure of medical tests and magisterial statements. Police are also contacting the parents and guardians of the victims after which further steps will be taken.
The accused have been identified as Habeeb Ahmed native of West Bengal (lead broker), Sonu Kumar native of Bihar (broker), Rashid native of Uttar Pradesh (driver), Ravi Kumar resident of Patel Nagar (customer), Harvinder Pal Singh native of Punjab (broker), Rahul Thakur resident of Dehradun (broker) and Rafakat resident of Dehradun (driver).
Superintendent of Police (city) Shweta Choubey said, “We were receiving complaints about a sex racket operating in Dehradun. A combined team of Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) and Rajpur police was formed. On Tuesday night at Mussoorie diversion point, two vehicles were stopped with seven accused including brokers and suppliers and six victims.”
She further said, “We have also found during the initial interrogation of the accused that the main operator of this racket is living in Delhi. His name is Amit alias Nitin, we will be following up on that lead also. Among the victims, two are natives of West Bengal, two are from Haryana and two are from Delhi.”
According to the information provided by the police, during initial questioning the victims said they came in contact with the brokers during the last ten months.
They further said that in Delhi, a person named Amit used to tell them about the cities they have to go to and through WhatsApp, they used to get the address and mobile number of the clients. The clients used to pay the entire amount directly to Amit.
One of the accused Habib, has been staying in a rented room in Dehradun for the last four months.
During initial interrogation, he told the police that his female friend who was already involved in the business took him to meet Amit. As the profit in this illegal business was quite a lot, he also became part of this racket. He also revealed that for the victims, they used to book hotel rooms through OYO.
They used to change hotels every two or three days. They used to charge Rs 4,000 to Rs 10,000 for a night.
Police have also recovered Rs 5,827, 12 mobile phones and two cars, in which the victims were being taken to the clients. Senior officials have stated that in case, a hotel is found being used repeatedly in the case, liability will be set against the hotel owner also.