New Delhi, Aug 1: The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has rescued 39 women from Paharganj late on Tuesday night. These girls were reportedly trafficked from Nepal. Elsewhere on the same night, a joint team of Varanasi Crime Branch and Delhi Police busted an international prostitution racket and rescued 18 women, of which 16 belong to Nepal. Sharing details, police said they raided a house in Vasant Vihar police station area on receiving a tip-off. Also Read - 'Mass Molestation' at Gargi College: 'Outsiders Entered Campus,' Says Centre; Students Stage Protest | Top Developments

The women were reportedly kept in the house for a few days and were going to be trafficked to Gulf countries. The Nepali women were brought to India on the pretext of employment. DCW chief Swati Maliwal said the Nepal embassy was being contacted for their repatriation. Maliwal added that 68 passports were recovered from the place where the women were kept, out of which seven were Indian passports. Also Read - Seven Years on, Delhi Stop from Where Nirbhaya Boarded Bus Still a Dark Spot

The DCW had, last week, rescued 16 girls from an apartment in Delhi’s Munirka. Those girls had also been trafficked from Nepal and were to be sent to Iran and Kuwait in the early hours. “An NGO had informed us that the girls are being trafficked on the pretext of jobs offers. Apart from these 16 girls, there were at least seven others who have already been trafficked to the two gulf nations,” she said. “I reached Munirka with my team and informed the Delhi Police. We rescued the girls together. The girls told us how the agents had promised them jobs in the Iran and Kuwait. They were cramped in a small room,” the DCW chief added. Also Read - DCW Chief Swati Maliwal Urges Smriti Irani to Disburse ‘Nirbhaya’ Fund to States

In the current Monsoon Session, Lok Sabha has passed a bill on human trafficking. Moving the bill, Woman and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said, “Human trafficking is a borderless crime. Special crimes need special attention. How can we stay silent when women and children are sold like goods? Let us make this bill a reality today to protect and provide for the millions of victims who have suffered silently for years,” she said.