Staff Reporter

They free 20 victims from flesh trade

12 of the 18 victims belong to East Godavari district

Special team constituted to handle the case of women trafficking

ELURU: A special team of police in West Godavari district led by Kovvuru DSP Janaki Sharmila smashed an inter-State racket of women trafficking and freed 20 victims, including two minor girls from West Bengal, from flesh trade in the red light area in Mumbai and arrested eight traffickers.

Of the 18 victims from the State, 12 belong to East Godavari, two each from Vijayawada and West Godavari and one from Visakhapatnam.

Mahesh M. Bhagawath, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, Eluru range, told the mediapersons here on Sunday that the operation, which lasted for four days, was undertaken in active coordination with the Mumbai police, Prajwala and Rescue Foundation, Non Governmental Organisations based in Hyderabad and Mumbai respectively and the Crime Investigation Department (CID) Women Protection Cell in Hyderabad.

K. Venkatesan, Inspector General of Police, Administration, Mumbai, who hailed from Andhra Pradesh, extended all the logistic support to the special team and helped it bust the gang.

The nine-member special team was constituted to handle the case of women trafficking following a couple of complaints from the kin of the victims. The Koyyalagudem police received a complaint from Illa Anjayya, a resident of Gavaravaram village on November 19, alleging that his 19-year-old daughter and another married woman were taken away and sold away in the red light area for a ‘price’ of Rs 45,000 by a gang of three persons. In the complaint, he said Kollini Srinivasa Rao and his wife Prabhavati approached the victims along with another woman from Rajahmundry, Borusu Satyaveni with an offer to provide her a job in a hotel in Hyderabad. They were taken to Hyderabad and latter Mumbai, the DIG said. In a related development, Chukka Netaiiah, a resident of Bhimavaram, complained to the Circle Inspector of Polavaram, stating that his daughter was also subjected to trafficking in a similar manner. In both the cases, a trafficker named Murthy, a native of Tadepalligudem in West Godavari district, was found responsible for the sale of three girls. Basing on the two complaints, the team descended on Mumbai and found 20 victims slogging in the flesh trade in a dingy flat.