Hyderabad: Key accused in human trafficking of women held

Justin's wife Shivuli Khatoon, 29, a Bangladesh national was also arrested

By Author  |  Published: 23rd May 2020  11:05 pm

Hyderabad: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday arrested 47-year-old Justin alias Abdul Salam, an alleged key conspirator in the cross-border human trafficking racket case busted by the City Police in Chatrinaka of the old city in 2019 here. Justin’s wife Shivuli Khatoon, 29, a Bangladesh national was also arrested.

Searches were conducted at Justin’s ancestral house, as well as at his rented house, according to an NIA release, which also claimed that incriminating documents were recovered and that two young women were also rescued from his house during the searches.

The women had been illegally trafficked into India a few months ago from Bangladesh for sexual exploitation through his associates, according to the NIA. Investigation into the case, which is related to immoral trafficking of persons from Bangladesh to various cities in India including Hyderabad for sexual exploitation, has revealed that Justin along with his associates conspired to bring girls illegally from Bangladesh through a well-organised network of agents in Bangladesh and India, for engaging them in prostitution here. The NIA said Justin was also involved in running brothels at various places in Hyderabad and other parts of India.

Three Bangladeshi nationals, Mohammed Yousuf Khan alias Mohammed Imran Shaik, Bithi Begum alias Khadija Shaik and Sojib Shaik, and an Indian national, Ruhul Amin Dhalli, have already been arrested in the case.

A charge-sheet against them was filed on March 12. The case was first booked by the Chatrinaka police on April 21, 2019 under Section 370 (A) (2) of IPC along with Section 3, 4 and 5 of the Prevention of Immoral Traffic Act. The NIA took over the case from the Chatrinaka police in September last.

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