Negi asks DG to act against sex traffickers in Vikasnagar
After the police confirmed the operation of sex rackets in the hotels situated in Vikasnagar and Herbertpur areas, the chairperson of the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) Usha Negi has instructed the Director General (Law and Order) to ensure action against the culprits. Earlier in May, the commission had received a complaint letter alleging that some women and minor girls are being pushed into prostitution in the hotels of Vikasnagar area. Taking cognisance of the matter, Negi had ordered police to investigate the matter. Recently, the police submitted the investigation report to SCPCR stating that some of the hotels were being used for prostitution. According to Negi, it is also mentioned in the report that the sex traffickers used to bring girls from the various regions of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Haryana and Delhi and Uttarakhand before the lockdown and then they were sent for prostitution in such hotels through middlemen. These middlemen used to send their clients with the girls with IDs posing as husband and wife to avoid any suspicion in the hotels, as per the investigation report.
Further, the investigation report also revealed that as per some hotel records persons aged between 16 and 24 years were found to enter the hotels for four to six hours and sometimes, the same person registered entries multiple times in a day. Some restaurants, lodges and hotels have also provided rooms to young students regularly, as per the police investigation report. Negi said that according to police, some adult couples also presented themselves as spouses or couple in live-in relationship to book the rooms in the hotels and lodges. Moreover, the locals have alleged that the local police was also involved in this and was incapable of stopping the rising prostitution in the area but as per the investigation report, no connection was found between suspects and police officials of the area. According to Negi, some officials have used the suspected hotels occasionally due to professional and personal reasons but nothing has been found so far that proves their association with the culprits.
Stating that the matter is quite serious and the police have collected enough evidence, Negi asked the DG (Law and Order) Ashok Kumar to take action against the culprits and submit the report in the commission within one month.
Wednesday, 12 August 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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