The Malwani police rescued a 14-year-old girl on Thursday,who was kidnapped and forced into child labour at a jewellery manufacturing unit in Dharavi,and arrested a woman.
The accused is allegedly part of a gang,which kidnaps children and supplies them to smallscale units as labourers. The police also suspect that the gang used to push girls into flesh trade.
According to the Malwani police,the accused,Ajmerunissa Khan,had kidnapped the victim and sent her to Dharavi to work for a jewellery unit.
The girls parents,who have eight children,had filed a missing complaint with the police three months ago.
The police registered a case of kidnapping three days ago after the residents of new MHADA colony in Malwani spotted the girl near Khans house. S Shaikh,senior inspector of Malwani police station,said Khan had brainwashed the girl and sent her to stay with another gang member in Dharavi.
We are now tracing the other woman with whom the girl stayed. She has been identified as Kavita. The rest of the gang members have been identified as as Rihana,Tayyeba,Geeta and Khans husband Ashfaq, said Shaikh.
According to the police,the gang targeted girls who are unhappy at home and lured them by promising good money and life before selling them off.
The police have also booked the owner of the jewellery unit for child labour.
The girl was sent to Nagpada police hospital for a medical check-up to ascertain whether she was sexually abused. She was later shifted to Mankhurd childrens home and will be presented before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) on Friday.