A 25-year-old Bangladeshi woman who was lured to India and forced into prostitution was rescued in an operation carried out by the Mumbai police with the help of their counterparts in Bangladesh as well as Bangladeshi NGOs.
According to police, the woman, a resident of Khulna, worked in jute factories with her husband and earned around 1,400 Bangladeshi Taka per week. Due to the pandemic, the family faced financial constraints. One of her colleagues offered her to find a job in a beauty salon in India and promised her a salary of 1000 rupees a day.
“The person who offered her the Indian job was part of a sex racket, and traded the woman to a gang for Rs 2 lakh. He convinced the woman that going to India would improve their lives. The woman left her home without informing her family, ”said a Mumbai police official.
The woman was first smuggled into Calcutta and after 10 days sent to Mumbai on a flight, where a man named Iftikhar took her to his home. While at his home, she learned that she had been sold for Rs 2 lakh and would be taken to a brothel in Hyderabad.
Meanwhile, her husband filed a disappearance complaint with the Bangladeshi police, who tracked down the colleague who had duped the woman and booked her. They also informed West Bengal police of the incident and, along with Bangladeshi NGOs, attempted to locate the woman.
The women, meanwhile, were taken to Hyderabad and handed over to a man named Ajay who forced her into prostitution, police said. The woman said she was assaulted at the brothel. After five days, she managed to escape and decided to go to Mumbai, where her brother-in-law works.
The woman has tracked down her brother-in-law who left for Bangladesh because his visa expired. He then informed the woman’s husband of his location and he informed the local police. After finding out where she was, a local NGO took her to the police station.
Police Inspector Dushyant Chavan said, “She was taken to the police station and a case was registered. She underwent a medical examination and we learned that she was not sexually exploited.
The woman is currently detained by the NGO.
Chavan added: “Once the procedure is completed, we will allow him to return.”
Mumbai Police are looking for the remaining suspects.