Agra: The girl who was found dead on last Saturday near a brothel in Kashmiri Bazar area of Agra was allegedly duped into prostitution by some human traffickers. The sufferings of the girl, who hailed from a humble family of West Bengal, started when she left her home city and reached the Taj city in search of livelihood.

This was revealed when Kolkata police, in association with the local police, raided various locations of human traffickers on Thursday. Two persons, who are said to be the residents of Shaheed Nagar area of Agra, have been arrested by the police in this case.

Actually, the girl had somehow managed to send an SMS to one of her friends in Kolkata describing her ordeals that she was sold in Agra’s red light area by some persons in the name of providing her a job. The girl’s friend immediately informed Kolkata police in this regard after which a team of police was dispatched to Agra. 

The girl in her SMS had said, “This is Priyanka here, I have been sold in a red light area in Agra. I was duped and have been sold at Panni Gali of Kashmiri Bazar. Please don’t call back on this number otherwise I will be in trouble. Come with police to rescue me immediately.”

Initially, the local police described the matter as a normal accident. But the human trafficking link in this case was disclosed when Kolkata Police arrived in the city and raided various havens of human traffickers.

The victim, Priayanka Haldar (changed name), was a resident of North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal and had just passed Class 12. Her father is a fish seller. On April 28, she visited a Vodafone office near her residence for an interview where she met a person who promised her a job in Agra. 

The victim left for Agra after getting a call for job on April 30. After reaching the Taj City, she informed her friend in Kolkata that she was well. But no information was sent by her afterwards. Again she sent an SMS on May 7 to the same friend from an anonymous number that she was in trouble as she was sold in a red light area.

The case was busted when the police tracked the SIM which the victim had used to send an SMS to her friend to inform him about her sufferings. Finally police apprehended some of the persons who were involved in running the human trafficking network. When the accused were subjected to interrogation, they admitted that the victim was sold to a local brothel after which she jumped off the building where she was forced to work as a prostitute.

Actually the building where the victim and some other girls were brought from different parts of the country were kept was locked from outside but in fact it was a safe haven for the human traffickers. The police rescued seven other girls from there after carrying out a raid.

JPN/Bureau