Over 70 held for rape of minor Andhra girl pushed into flesh trade

Andhra Pradesh Police have arrested over 70 persons in connection with the rape of a minor girl during the last eight months.

The 13-year-old victim from Guntur district was pushed into prostitution by a woman, who had adopted her after she lost her mother to Covid-19 last year.

According to police, the 74 persons arrested include kingpins of a prostitution racket, pimps and customers. Guntur police are on the lookout for six other accused and one of them is stated to be in London.

As many as 35 prostitution organisers were among those arrested.

Additional Superintendent of Police K. Supraja said the girl was purchased by several gangs who took her to various districts in Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring Telangana where she was forced into prostitution. The victim was sent to different brothels in the two Telugu states.

The main accused in the case is Swarna Kumari, who had befriended the girl at a hospital where the latter’s mother was undergoing treatment for Covid-19 in June 2021. After the girl’s mother died, Swarna Kumari took her away to look after her without her father’s permission. The woman later forced the victim into prostitution.

The girl’s father lodged a missing complaint with the police in August. The first arrest was made in January and since then the police intensified the investigation and during the last few days, the maximum number of accused were arrested.

The victim was rescued by the police two days ago. Several arrests were made after she narrated her ordeal to the police. Ten accused, including a B.Tech student, were arrested on Tuesday.

Police have seized a car, 53 cell phones, three autorickshaws and three bikes in the case.




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