Hyderabad: Padmashree awardee and social activist Dr Sunita Krishnan, on 6 December, commended Rachakonda police commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat and an inspector of the anti-human trafficking unit (AHTU) for helping trace a missing woman in less than 10 hours after the case was reported.

In a Facebook post, she wrote, "In a fantastic inter-state coordination, a 23-year-old missing woman from 24 Paraganas, West Bengal was traced in Hyderabad in less than 10 hours of the case being reported to Anti Human Trafficking Unit, Rachakonda Commiserate (sic)."

According to Dr. Krishnan, the co-founder of Prajwala, an NGO that rescues, rehabilitates, and reintegrates sex-trafficked victims, their team in Shakti Vahini came to know about a missing woman from West Bengal who was lured by a young man in the name of love and was being forced into exploitation in Hyderabad.

Using only one lead - an unknown phone number used by the victim to alert her parents – Mr. Bhagwat and the AHTU inspector, Chandrasekhar, proceeded to trace the missing woman. "The operation that lasted five hours saw the fantastic coordination between two state police and two civil society organizations ShaktiVahini & Prajwala who were in close communication supporting each other's efforts. At 11.30pm the victim woman was rescued from the heart of Hyderabad," the Facebook post further said.

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