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Vikash Sharma

Bargarh: Police claims to have busted a major sex racket that was running in a clandestine manner in a house near Paikamal Gurukul Ashram in the district. While two girls including a minor have been rescued, four accused including king pin Shantilata were arrested in this connection on Saturday.

As per reports, Shantilata was carrying out the illegal prostitution racket by engaging girls from several parts of the State. She also used to torture the girls and force them into flesh trade, sources said. It is also being alleged that Shantilata has illegally trafficked some girls from Odisha to other neighbouring States.

The matter reportedly came to light after one of the victims managed to escape and lodged a complaint in connection with the illegal flesh trade.

Acting on the complaint, a police team raided the house and rescued two other girls including a minor. Kingpin Shantilata and three customers were also arrested from the spot.

Senior police officials informed that all the accused were produced before Bargarh Special Court after medical examination.

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