Delhi gang trafficking more than 2000 women on pretext of high paying jobs

NEW DELHI,Sept8: The capital seems to be fast turning into a major transit hub for human trafficking. Within just a week of the Delhi Police crime branch arresting the biggest players at GB Road, who had trafficked more than 5,000 girls, a Nepalese man and woman were arrested for luring women from remote villages and sending them to Gulf countries via Sri Lanka.

Last Saturday , TOI had reported that the crime branch had rescued 22 girls from confinement on a tip-off from the Nepalese embassy .

Ironically, the arrested woman, Bidya Lama (34), is the caretaker of a shelter home and was using it as a place for collecting the women. The arrested man has been identified as Shabin Shah (52).The police have rescued 26 women from their clutches.The victims were lured on the pretext of getting high-paying jobs in foreign countries. The gang has trafficked more than 2,000 women till now.

“The women were first sent to Colombo and then tak en to Dubai, Oman and Kuwait. The agents charged Rs 50,000-60,000 from each woman for getting them well-paying jobs. However, they were employed as maids and cleaning staff at homes, shopping malls, restaurants, hospitals, etc,” said joint commissioner (crime) Ravindra Yadav .

Two Nepalese women had complained to the police on September 1 after which an FIR was registered for trafficking, criminal conspiracy and other crimes.

The women alleged that they were brought to Delhi by Ramu Choudhary and Shabin Shah and were confined to a house in Mahipalpur for more than 10 days.Their passports were seized by the accused and their movements were restricted.
“A special team led by DCP Ram Gopal Naik conducted a raid and rescued 20 women. The accused man and woman were arrested subsequently . This international human trafficking racket targets married, illiterate and poor women of Nepal, West Bengal and the Northeast. Once the women reached the Gulf, the agents would get their passports confiscated. They would also take Rs 5,000 every month from the women as commission,” Yadav added.

 Police said there is a strict provision in immigration rules of India and Nepal for granting employment visa of Gulf countries to illiterate women.That’s why the agents preferred the Sri Lanka route and obtained tourist visa for them to avoid checking in India and at the destination.
DCW sets up a probe committee

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has set up a committee under the chairpersonship of its member Sarika Chaudhary, to investigate a case of trafficking of 13 girls from GB Road in New Delhi to Meerut.