VIJAYAWADA: Police rescued eight minor girls, who were forced into child labour by traffickers, in Nallapadu police station limits in Guntur district on Friday. According to Guntur urban SP RN Ammi Reddy, the police received a call from a 13-year-old, who escaped from the residence where she was forced to work.
The girl told the police control room her ordeal. She said she was sold by a child trafficking gang to a household. When she requested to go to her home village at Jirukovada village of Ranasthalam mandal in Srikakulam village, the house owner refused her request. “Depressed of working with no pay and home sickness, she contacted us,” Ammi Reddy said.
After Nallapadu circle inspector Venkat Rao rescued the girl, she provided further information about seven other minor girls, who were sold to different houses in Tadepalli, Dolas Nagar and other places.
Police raided all seven houses and rescued the girls. They arrested three alleged traffickers – Karappu Asiraiah alias Chiranjeevi, Vempada Padalu alias Srinu and Khambham Ramu – all from Chillapetarajam village in Srikakulam. The SP explained that the accused had sold the children for Rs 50,000 each.
“They had taken advance amount from wealthy households in Nallapadu and handed over teenagers. The kids don’t get anything apart from food and a place to sleep in their house and they are forced to do all kind of household chores from cleaning to cooking,” Reddy told the media.
Cops booked cases against the three traffickers and against the house owners, who employed the children under relevant Sections of Child Labour Act and Juvenile Justice Act against them. Meanwhile, the rescued children were handed over to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) officials, who provided them with accommodation at an Ashram owned by an NGO.