Two men forced their wives into flesh trade, ar­rested from Thane

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Faisal Tan­del faisal.tan­del@hin­dus­tan­times.com

THANE: Two peo­ple were ar­rested on Thurs­day by the anti-hu­man traf­fick­ing cell of the Thane crime branch for forc­ing their wives into pros­ti­tu­tion in Bhi­wandi.

The of­fi­cers, who con­ducted a raid along with a non-govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion, have res­cued around four women.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the ar­rested ac­cused have been iden­ti­fied as Hanif Khan, 36 and Imi­tiyaz Ab­dul Manik Shah, 22, both res­i­dents of Bhi­wandi.

“We re­ceived in­for­ma­tion about women be­ing forced into the flesh trade by their hus­bands, so we found out where they were con­duct­ing the racket. We then sent in two peo­ple, who acted as cus­tomers. They ap­proached them and con­ducted a raid on Wed­nes­day and found the four women,” said Nitin Mungekar, in­ves­ti­ga­tion of­fi­cer of the NGO.

The women res­cued were in their early 20s.

The po­lice dur­ing the raid found Rs4,000 cash and two mo­bile phones from the spot.

“We have ar­rested the two men and reg­is­tered a case against them at Kon­gaon po­lice sta­tion. Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion we found that the two men were forc­ing there wife into pros­ti­tu­tion. They were act­ing as their agents with cus­tomers. While the other two women res­cued are also their rel­a­tives,” said Sha­keel Shaikh, se­nior in­spec­tor, anti-hu­man traf­fick­ing cell of the Thane crime branch.

A case has been reg­is­tered at the Kon­gaon po­lice sta­tion un­der sec­tion 370, 370 (2) (3) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code and dif­fer­ent sec­tions of the Im­moral Traf­fic (Preven­tion) Act, 1956, Act.

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