Hyderabad: Minor girls as young as 5-years-old were given growth hormones to push the minor girls into the sex trade, a crime that has shocked the city is reported from Hyderabad.
According to initial reports as many as eleven minor girls were rescued from sex traffickers in the famous temple Yadagirigutta in Telangana’s Yadadri Bhongir district by the police, HT reported.
These sex traffickers administered sex hormones into the girls so that the minor girls can be pushed into flesh trade,
The Rachakonda Police commissioner Mahesh Bhagawat said they have arrested eight alleged traffickers from the Dommari community after the police team conducted a raid on six brothels at Ganeshnagar area in the town on Monday.
The Police commissioner said the raid was conducted after the department received a tip-off from a local resident who has heard one of the girls crying in the brothels.
The Yadagirigutta police along with SHE teams, Special Operations Team and officials from Integrated Child Development Scheme raided the house of Kamsani Kalyani and found two girls the commissioner said.
According to the officials, one of the girl’s was Kalyani’s daughter while the other girl was bought from the child traffickers. On questioning Kalyani she revealed about other brothels that are holding minor girls and administering them sex hormones.
The Police then immediately conducted raids on other five houses and rescued 11 girls, including four seven-year-olds.
The growth hormonal injections were given by Dr Swamy who charged the traffickers Rs 25,000 for one injection.
The girls were brutally tortured and were not given sufficient food if they did not listen to them.
“They were kept in confinement and the accused were running the flesh trade for around four years. After proper inquiry, PD Act will be initiated against all the accused persons, apart from closing their houses,” the commissioner said.
The Police has now arrested the following accused identified as Kamsani Kalyani (25), Kamsani Anitha (30), Kamsani Susheela (60), Kamsani Narsimha (23), Kamsani Sruthi (25), Kamsani Saritha (50), Kamsani Vani (28) and Kamsani Vamshi (20), all residents of the Yadadri Bhongir district and booked them under section 366A (procuration of minor girl), 371(1)(v) (Habitual dealing in slaves), 376 (rape) read with 114 (abettor present when offence is committed), 372 (selling minor for purposes of prostitution), 373 (buying minor for purposes of prostitution), 120(B) (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.
“The traffickers had bought some children from two agents Krishna Shankar and Kamsani Yadagiri for amounts ranging up to Rs 2 lakh each. Some others were picked up from railway stations, bus stations and other public places also,” the commissioner said.
The commissioner added, “they were also booked under Section 17 (Abetment) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act besides relevant sections of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act (ITPA).”
According to statistics from the National Crime Records Bureau’s (NCRB) for 2016 shows more than 8,000 cases of human trafficking were reported in India in that year and 23,000 victims, including 182 foreigners, were rescued and of these 15,379 as many as 9,304 were below the age of 18 years.
The bureau also said as many as 63 people are rescued every day across the country.