Hyderabad: The Rachakonda Anti-Human Trafficking Unit has cracked 30 complicated cases from January till May and rescued 102 victims in the process. The unit also nabbed 81 human traffickers, including sex buyers or customers, of whom 28 have been detained under the Preventive Detention Act, officials said.
“All of them were complicated cases and had commercial sexual exploitation and labour exploitation. The AHTU team did tactical operations and busted those rackets apart from following up cases until they are charge-sheeted in court,” Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat said.
According to officials, 55 persons were arrested on charges of human trafficking for sex, of which 17 were women. Police also caught 18 sex buyers or customers while the age profile of the traffickers was found to range between 25-50 years. Apart from this, AHTU also caught 26 persons on charges of human trafficking for labour. These included 25 company owners and one transporter.
“The rescues were possible only through day and night efforts, coupled with intelligence gathering,” Bhagwat said. Of those rescued from sex trafficking, the victims were from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal and Uganda and one girl was a minor.
The AHTU also rescued 71 children, including 16 girls from child labour working in hazardous industries during the last few months. They were from Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar. Officials pointed out that many traffickers were operating flesh trade through classifieds websites like Locanto. “The AHTU focused on the websites and has been conducting decoy operations to rescue victims and arrest traffickers including some from Uganda,” the Commissioner said. I