Ugandan women rescued from prostitution net in Bagalur

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BANGALORE: The women and narcotics cell of the central crime branch rescued 11 Ugandan women from two of their countrymen in a raid on a house in Srinivasapura Main Road near Bagalur on Friday night.

The operation, conducted on a tip-off, revealed that the women were promised jobs in India and brought here. “The women complained that they were forced into prostitution. Of the 11 women, only one had a valid passport and visa. Others didn’t possess passports and visas or didn’t have it with them when they were rescued,” ACP (crime) Pranav Mohanty said.

The arrested men are Brian Albert, 23, of Kampala, and Kawuta Michael, 23, of Entebbe.

“Besides rescuing them, we found the house they were staying in was stocked with liquor bottles worth Rs 1.25 lakh. The liquor was allegedly sold to their customers. Seven mobiles were seized from them,” an officer said.

Police said an alert had been sent to the Ugandan embassy in New Delhi to ascertain the identity of the women. It’s not clear when they entered the country. The women are sent to a shelter and they’ll soon be deported home, police said. A case was registered at Bagalur police station.

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