New Delhi, July 31: 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 the details, police said on Tuesday upon receiving a tip-off they raided a house in the Vasant Vihar police station area. Also Read - Japanese Women's Team Pulls out of Asian Wrestling

According to the police, the women were kept in the house for a few days and they were supposed to be trafficked to the Gulf countries. The Nepali women were brought to India on the pretext of getting jobs. They were kept in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Police said that three men have bee detained in the case. Also Read - Shocking Medical Negligence: 3 UP Women Given Anti-Rabies Injections Instead of Covid Vaccine, Probe Ordered

Delhi Commission For Women chief Swati Maliwal said the women would be transferred to shelter homes and the Nepal embassy was being contacted for their repatriation. She further Maliwal added that 68 passports were recovered from the place where the women were kept, out of which seven were Indian passports. Also Read - Models Who Posed Naked on Dubai Balcony to be Kicked Out of Country, Photographer to be Deported Too

Two Nepalese women managed to escape from the clutches of the traffickers in the first week of July. They told the police in Nepal about the racket, who in turn contacted the Nepal embassy. Based on the embassy’s communique, the Varanasi police raided half-a-dozen locations in the temple town last week. They arrested a man identified as Jai Singh under the Shivpur police station limits.

During interrogation, Singh said a group of Nepali women was going to be trafficked to the middle-east. Based on the inputs of the two freed women and Singh’s statement, the Varanasi Crime Branch undertook the operation with the Delhi Police.

The rescued women told the DCW chief that they belong to earthquake-affected regions of Nepal. “They informed that they are very poor and belong from the earthquake-affected regions of Nepal. Most of them have lost their homes and families in the earthquake. They belong to the age group of 18 to 30 years,” the DCW said in a statement.

(With PTI inputs)