Mumbai, Oct 27: About 200 girls and boys, who were detained by the Social Service Branch of the Mumbai police, during a bar raid escaped from the custody on Friday.
India’s business and entertainment capital Mumbai is a popular source, transit and destination station for trafficking in women and girls.
The police managed to frisk as many as over 100 accused persons, but eventually lost control over the large crowd.
Taking advantage of the situation, the detainees fled the spot, leaving the policemen in a lurch.
South Asia is the second largest venue for human trafficking in the world, after East Asia, according to the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The police, in most cases book the accused under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA), which is meant to combat trafficking of females as well as prostitution in the city.
Over 150,000 people are known to be trafficked within the region every year – mostly for sex work, but also for labour, forced marriages and as part of the organ trade, according to UNODC officials.
Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing transnational organised crimes in South Asia.
Traffickers often take advantage of impoverished communities, luring girls and young women and girls with promises of jobs as maids or nannies in wealthy households in the cities. But, activists say, the reality is very different. (ANI)