Bangladeshi sex racket in Odisha: Repatriation process for rescued girls begins

Bhubaneswar:  The Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha Crime Branch (CB) has initiated the process for repatriation of seven out of the eight girls, who were rescued from a flesh trade racket  in January, to their home country Bangladesh as per the provision and guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The process has been laid down in line with the SAARC convention and UNODC (United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime).

The STF is in touch with Ministry of External Affairs (Consular Division) for early repatriation of the victim girls. It will move Bangladesh High Commission for nationality and other verification of the victim girls. Once travel permit is obtained and some legal and administrative formalities are done , the victims will be handed over to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) through Border Security force (BSF).

In January, the STF had arrested four accused in a flesh trade racket and rescued eight girls, including seven from Bangladesh. All the accused persons were produced before court and later sent to jail.

The rescued girls were produced before court and later lodged at Swadhar Gruh (Shelter House). During course of investigation, it was found that seven out of eight victim girls were illegally trafficked from Bangladesh and forced into flesh trade. The another girl, who was from Kolkata, has already been handed over to her family as per direction of Bhubaneswar SDJM.

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