Court orders probe into trafficking

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Crime Branch of Delhi Police to investigate alleged trafficking in minors by placement agencies in the Capital.

A Division Bench of the Court comprising Justice A.P. Shah and Justice Sanjiv Khanna passed the direction while hearing a PIL by a non-government organisation seeking a direction for prosecution of placement agencies guilty of the offence.

The Saraswati Vihar police had recently registered a case of breach of trust against some placement agencies for not paying wages to some minors who had got employment through them. The police had registered the case following rescue of these children from the custody of the placement agencies during raids at their offices. The Bench had last week given one week to the Delhi police to take effective steps in the matter. Earlier, North-West Deputy Commissioner of Police appeared before the Court and submitted a status report about the investigation conducted so far but the Court rejected it and handed over the investigation to the Crime Branch. The DCP in his report said the IO had recorded statements of the children before Metropolitan Magistrates and their only complaint was they had not been paid their wages.

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