Nepali call girl racket in Pune: NGO
Thursday December 14, 03:25 PM
Kathmandu, Dec 14 (IANS) A housing estate in India's Pune town is the centre of a call girl racket involving Nepali women, an NGO here has said.
Maiti Nepal, one of Nepal's best-known private groups working to prevent trafficking in women and children, says traffickers were running a brothel from a flat in a Pune building.
The brothel is said to be owned by a Nepali woman Sangeeta Tamang, known among her clientele as Saili, who along with eight others were caught near the Indo-Nepal border earlier this week and handed over to Kathmandu police.
Prabha Khanal, Maiti Nepal's coordinator for the western region, told journalists that four of the detainees have confessed to being involved in trafficking Nepali girls and forcing them into prostitution in India.
Maiti Nepal keeps vigil in the border towns of Nepalgunj, Rupandehi, Dhangadi and Mahendranagar, which see hundreds of people crossing over from Nepal to India or vice versa, to deter human trafficking.
About two years ago, they helped border police arrest a woman called Maitia Tamang, who was also involved in the racket.
The NGO also managed to rescue three women from the brothel.
On Sunday, some of the rescued girls spotted Saili crossing into Nepal from the Indian border town of Sunauli and informed Maiti Nepal. The NGO alerted police and the group was caught as they crossed over.
Besides Saili, the three others who reportedly confessed to running a trafficking network and luring Nepali girls with job offers are Sanak Bahadur Tamang, Mangale Tamang and Bir Singh Tamang.
Every year, hundreds of Nepali women and children are trafficked to India, where they are sold to brothels, circuses and carpet industries.
Some are also sold into domestic slavery, becoming servants with meagre pay and made to work nearly 18 hours a day.