Hyderabad: After the formation of the Anti-human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) at Rachakonda Commissionerate, around 109 victims were rescued and 76 accused were apprehended so far, in a total of 29 cases.

AHTU was formed in Rachakonda on 'World Day Against Trafficking in Persons' on July 30, 2020.

Commissioner of Police, Rachakonda, Mahesh Bhagwat said that the AHTU in Rachakonda was formed as a Ministry of Home Affairs initiative under the Nirbhaya Fund with a focus to eliminate trafficking crimes against women and children.

Out of the total 109 victims, 77 are trafficked for labour while 32 were victims of sex trafficking. Of the 32 persons, 31 were adults and one was a minor from Bangladesh. Most of these victims belonged to Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Bangladesh.

In the first two months of 2021, around 52 victims were rescued and 29 accused were apprehended in a total of 10 cases.

Since 2016, around 599 victims were rescued and around 300 cases were registered. The major achievement of the Rachakonda Commissionerate was the busting of the Yadadri trafficking racket in which SHE teams along with Yadagirgutta Police conducted raids on houses of trafficking organisers and rescued 34 minor girls and 12 major girls. They were moved to Prajwala Rescue Home and Shishu Gruha for rehabilitation.

Since 2016, as many as 115 brothel houses were seized in the commissionerate. Out of total seizures, 24 brothel houses were in 2016, 14 in 2017, 38 in 2018, 24 in 2019 and 15 in 2020. The Preventive Detention (PD) Act was invoked 76 times in the same period. Out of the total, 35 times in 2018, 12 in 2019, 15 in 2020 and 4 cases this year so far.

Also, during Operation Smile and Muskan conducted from 2017 to 2021, around 2,369 children were rescued. Of them, 1,853 are boys and 516 are girls. Out of the total, 908 boys and 219 girls were from Telangana while 945 boys and 297 girls were from other states.

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