Hyderabad: Rachkonda police invoked the Preventive Detention Act against one of the members of a human trafficking racket operating in online mode and detained her in a special prison for women.

Sadanala Devi, the offender was working for Anjali, the kingpin of the online prostitution racket, who was earlier involved in several human trafficking offences in the limits of Rachakonda and Cyberabad Commissionerates.

The gang procured girls from West Bengal through their agents promising them good jobs for their livelihood and lodged them in a room at Balkampet in Hyderabad. Later, they uploaded their photos on social media along with phone numbers to lure customers through WhatsApp and online channels. When a client contacts them, Anjali receives money only through online mode and then, the offender Sadanala takes the victims to the client’s location.

The police allege that they used to collect Rs 10,000 from each customer and only pay Rs 1,500-Rs 2,000 to each of the victims per day. Thus, the gang members are earning easy money.

“They exploited women who were very poor, not having family members, deserted ladies, poor labourers, women under severe depression, promising them of high income and pushing them into prostitution. Thus, the poor and gullible women were forced to live in insecure conditions created by the immoral traffic offenders,” the police said.

Police busted the online trafficking racket in July 2020, arrested the offender and remanded her to judicial custody. Subsequently, she moved the bail petition and was released.

With a view to prevent human trafficking, prostitution and to preserve public order, the Commissioner of Police, Rachakonda, invoked the PD Act against Sadanala Devi and the gang members.

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