Human trafficking: 20-year-old Nigerian woman rescued from prostitution ring in India

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Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) along with the city police and NGO Shakti Vahini have rescued a 20-year-old Nigerian woman who was trafficked to India from Nigeria.

According to a statement issued on Saturday, November 12, 2022, the commission received information from the NGO on Thursday about a woman trafficked to Delhi on October 24 on a tourist visa with promise of a job.

However, the traffickers held her captive, took away her passport and forced her into prostitution.

Somehow, she managed to send her brother her location in west Delhi’s Talak Nagar. Her brother then contacted the NGO.

A team of the commission, along with Delhi Police and the NGO, raided the place in Tilak Nagar and rescued the woman.

The woman told police that there were many other women in captivity of the traffickers, who were enticed away from African countries with promise of lucrative jobs and forced into sex work, the statement said.

The DCW commission has issued a notice to city police and has sought an action taken report in the matter, and sought a copy of FIR along with details of people arrested, the statement said.

In her statement, DCW chief Swati Maliwal stated that the commission has also sought details of efforts made by police to recover other women.

“We received the complaint of a Nigerian woman being kept captive by traffickers. Our team immediately contacted Delhi Police and rescued her. We receive many cases of foreign nationals being trafficked in Delhi,” she said.

“Recently, a case regarding trafficking of Uzbek women was also received in the commission. The Delhi Police should conduct a thorough investigation of these international rackets and arrest the kingpins. These rackets must be busted in order to save the lives of thousands of women being forced into commercial sexual exploitation and bonded labour by the traffickers.”