Prakasam: The police rescued a 17-year-old girl who was allegedly sold for Rs. 30,000 by her sister-in-law to a prostitution ring in Prakasam's Singarayakonda village.

The inspector of Kandukur police station, Vijay Kumar, said the girl's father had two wives and she was the second wife's daughter. The girl lived in the Masumuru area near Kavali Town in Nellore district along with her father and mother. Following a dispute between the parents, the victim had been staying with her stepbrother at Singarayakonda in Prakasam for the past few months.

A month ago, the girl's sister-in-law, Jyothi, allegedly sold her to K. Madhavi, the kingpin of a prostitution racket. Madhavi and her associates run the racket in a house between Singarayakonda and Kandukur, near a granite factory. They took her there and forced her into prostitution. They harassed her when she refused.

Unable to bear the harassment and torture, the girl escaped from the clutches of the gang and alerted the police. The cops rescued the girl and arrested her sister-in-law, K. Madhavi, and a few others. The police also suspect the involvement of the girl's brother.

The girl was admitted to Kandukur hospital for medical examination. A special team, led by the deputy superintendent of police, has been formed to investigate the case and identify and rescue girls who were sold and pushed into flesh trade

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