13-year-old girl forced into prostitution in Andhra Pradesh, raped by 80 men in over 8 months

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • The 13-year-old girl was eventually rescued by Guntur police on Tuesday.
  • The victim’s ordeal began when she was adopted by a woman identified as Swarna Kumari.

Hyderabad: In a horrific incident reported in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, an underage girl was allegedly raped by at least 80 men after being pushed into prostitution. The girl’s sexual exploitation continued for 8 months.

The 13-year-old girl was eventually rescued by Guntur police on Tuesday. The victim’s ordeal began when she was adopted by a woman identified as Swarna Kumari. The accused woman befriended the girl’s mother in a hospital at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in June last year.

Unfortunately, the victim’s mother succumbed to COVID and the Swarna took control of the victim soon after. She took the girl without her father’s knowledge, according to a report by India Today.

The case came to light after the girl’s father approached police to find his daughter.

On Tuesday, the police arrested 10 men including an engineering student. District police officials also said they also arrested 80 men who were allegedly involved in the crime. Cops say they are also looking for other men who are still at large.

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The report claims that the victim was sent to different brothels in Andhra and Telangana to be used for the flesh trade. Police say Swarna Kumari is one of the main defendants in the case that drove the victim into prostitution.

Police Additional Superintendent K Supraja said police have identified other defendants in the case. According to the police, 35 of the defendants are pimps and the others are customers.

Supraja said one of the defendants was in London. The police also seized a car, 53 mobile phones, three autorickshaws and bicycles used by the accused for the crime.

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