NIA arrests key accused in cross-border human trafficking racket in Hyderabad

NIA arrests key accused in cross-border human trafficking racket in Hyderabad

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New Delhi, May 23 : The Central terror probe agency NIA on Saturday arrested a key accused and his wife in Hyderabad in a case of human of immoral trafficking of persons from Bangladesh. According to NIA, the accused were identified as Justice alias Abdul Salam and his wife Shivuli Khatoonl. Justice was arrested under Sections of 370 (A) (2) of IPC, sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Prevention of Immoral Traffic Act at PS Chatrinaka at Hyderabad. The national Investigation agency also arrested his wife Shivuli Khatoon, a Bangladeshi national who has emerged as one of the key players in this trafficking racket. She had entered India illegally from Bangladesh in 2012.

This case relates to immoral trafficking of persons from Bangladesh to various cities in India including Hyderabad for sexual exploitation. The probe agency investigation revealed that the accused Justin along with his associates conspired in bringing girls illegally from Bangladesh through a well organised network of agents in Bangladesh and India, for engaging them in prostitution racket, and he was involved in running brothels at various places in Hyderabad and other parts of India. Investigation also established that Shivuli Khatoon assisted her husband, Justin not only in running bothels but also facilitated cross border human trafficking. In the case, three Bangladeshi nationals namely Mohd Yousuf Khan alias Md Imran Shaik, Ms Bithi Begum alias Khadija Shaik and Sojib Shaik, and one Indian national, Ruhul Amin Dhalli have already been arrested and charge-sheeted on March 12, 2020. “Searches were conducted at Justin’s ancestral, as well as at his rented house where some incriminating documents have been recovered”, NIA said.

Two young women were also rescued from accused Justin’s house during searches who had been illegally trafficked into India a few months back from Bangladesh for sexual exploitation through his associates, the probing agency further said. Searches were made at the house of Shivali Khtoon ,one more woman has been rescued who was found hiding in an improvised hideout in the house. The three women who have been rescued, were illegally trafficked into India from Bangladesh for sexual exploitation, the NIA added. (UNI)