Tuesday, April 13, 2021
North East

14 girls from NE sold in Saudi Arabia

GUWAHATI, APRIL 13: A notorious human trafficker, who was recently arrested by Lucknow Police, has confessed to have sold 14 girls from the Northeast region, including from Assam and Tripura, to persons in Saudi Arabia, a development which has sent anti-human trafficking units into a tizzy.
Of the 14 girls who had already been trafficked and sold in Saudi Arabia, 7 are from Tripura. The girls were mostly promised jobs of nursing attendants.
The kingpin of the human trafficking racket has been identified as Rumana Begum, who had allegedly trafficked many girls from across the country, including Northeast.
The sensational revelation came a day after Uttar Pradesh Police busted a trans-national human trafficking racket where a girl hailing from Tripura was rescued on her way to be trafficked to Dubai on April 10.
The victim is likely to be brought back to her native place soon.
Sources informed that the victims were taken to Dubai in the name of providing lucrative jobs, but were subsequently sold in places like Dubai.
“Their passports are seized once they reach there and are exploited sexually and physically,” a source privy to the development said.
A team of Lucknow Police has already left for Mumbai based on the call detail records of the arrested trafficker.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini, a leading organization working against human trafficking, informed that it has already written to the Directors General of Police of Assam, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh to investigate the matter in a joint manner.
“We believe, if investigated simultaneously in Tripura, Mumbai and Lucknow, which in this case are source, transit and destination respectively, more shocking development would emerge,” Rishi Kant told this Correspondent. (Courtesy: AT)