Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Mar 30:
A joint raid conducted by Odisha’s Puri district administration, District Labour Officer, local police and the Government Railway Police (GRP) today busted an interstate human trafficking racket and rescued 25 minor girls from Puri station.
The rescued girls were presented before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and complaints have been lodged against the agents.
“I received a call from the Director of Child Line who tipped off about a bunch of girls being trafficked out of the state in Puri- Kolkata Dhauli Express. Based on the information, the joint team conducted a raid and rescued the girls from Puri station. We have lodged an FIR against the agents in GRP police station as they were not able to produce necessary documents including the license,” said Puri District Labour Officer Ajay Pradhan.
All the girls belong to various villages under Brahmagiri area of the district and were allegedly being taken to Kolkata by three agents. They had been promised jobs in a prawn factory there.
“We have been working in Kolkata since past two years. This is nothing new. The financial condition of our families makes it necessary for us to work,” said one of the rescued girls.