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9 GIRLS RESCUED AND 5 PERPETRATORS ARRESTED IN BANGALORE

AnjumOn 1st July 2011 a raid was conducted in Bangalore by the Crime department of Bangalore Police and 9 girls from the Darjeeling/Sikkim were rescued and at the same time five traffickers one lady Ms. Marina Singh Rana alias Anju Aunty from Champasari, Siliguri, Mr. Amit Singh alias Muskan from Bijanbari, Mr. Rakesh Birsha, Mr. Devgan Rai and Mr. Krishna Singh were arrested.

The raid was result of information received by Mankind in Action for Rural Growth (MARG) an organization based in Darjeeling through a local web portal Darjeeling Times that, women & girls are being commercially sexually exploited in Bangalore and wish to be rescued from the exploitation. MARG forwarded the information to the web portal http://www.stoptrafficking.in. The portal is conceived by Arz social work organization working towards combating human trafficking. After initial verification by Arz and MARG, about the veracity of the information Arz reported the matter to the Home Ministry, Government of India.

As per the direction and the referral representative of Arz and MARG visited Bangalore and met Police and non-government organizations and reported the matter of trafficking of girls from Darjeeling, Siliguri and Sikkim to Bangalore. The local Ngo and the police felt that, there was a need for surveillance of the area and the activities of the victims and traffickers. After the surveillance and collection of necessary information a raid was conducted by the Crime Branch of Bangalore under the supervision of Mr. Alok Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police, Bangalore and 9 girls were rescued and 5 traffickers were arrested. The arrested traffickers included the king pin Ms. Marina Singh Rana, her body guard Mr. Amit Singh alias Muskan from Bijanbari, Mr. Rakesh Birsha, Mr. Devgan Rai and Mr. Krishna Singh were arrested. Ms. Marina is notorious for trafficking girls for commercial sexual exploitation from the Hills of Darjeeling. She is a native of Champasari Siliguri and seems to have constructed a big building at Champasari. She has married three times and has involved her own son Mr. Ajay Singh alias Ajju. Mr. Ajay Singh is said to reside in New Delhi and during Marina’s absence in Bangalore supervises her commercial sexual activities.

 

AmitMost of the girls trafficked by her are from North-East and the Hills of Darjeeling The victim girls in their statement to the police shared that, they were brought by her in the name of job in beauty parlors and malls but forced by her into prostitution. They also revealed that they had to satisfy six to seven customers in a day and till date have never got any payment form the main kingpin Marina. One of the victim informed that she was not allowed to go home even though she told that her mother back home was seriously ill.

The girls also stated that they were physically tortured when they were not able to get any clients. This seems to be the tip of the iceberg and there’s a long way to go before any kind of impact can be made in the fight against this disease that has riddled Darjeeling. The effort to combat human trafficking from Darjeeling will be successful only when the family and the community leaders are alert when the girls are lured for jobs. They need to report to the Ngo’s such as MARG and the police if the girls are missing from the area. Hope now our leaders and the administration of Darjeeling are alerted and will act to stop this which is deteriorating the image of The Queen of the Hills Darjeeling.

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