Puducherry, Jun 6 UNI | 2 months ago

Police arrested one minor girl involved in a child prostitution racket, run in different houses located in different areas of the region yesterday.

According to police, the minor allegedly lure other girls into the racket, which was busted by the CB-CID and five people were booked under sections of the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO). The minor girl's involvement came to light after questioning of the five persons.

The arrests were made following a complaint by the Child Welfare Committee (CWC).

A 70-year-old lady was suspected to be the kingpin of the racket which has been going on for some time. Police suspect that more people may be involved in the racket and a clear picture will emerge after the investigations.

Dr Vidyaa Ramkumar, Chairperson of the Child welfare Committee (CWC), told newspersons that two minor girls (each 14-years of age) managed to escape from the clutches of the persons and contacted the CWC along with their parents. After recording their statements, the CWC lodged a complaint with Director General of Police P Kamaraj, who instructed the police to thoroughly probe the issue.

The children were counseled and their statements were recorded by probationary officer Bhanumathi and Protection Officer Jagatheesh. Both the children were now kept in child care homes and one of them expressed her intention to continue her studies.

(Posted on 06-06-2014)