The culprits, Saira Begum, her husband Aafaq Hussain along with six of their aides have been booked under stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

"Saira (45) and Hussain (50) ran a 'syndicate' that is suspected to have trafficked more than 5,000 girls from Nepal and remote areas of West Bengal, Odisha, Karnataka, Assam, Andhra and other states," a police official said.

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