Paikamal: The local police here today busted a sex racket and arrested four persons including the kingpin, a woman. This apart, three girls including a minor have been rescued.
The prime accused was identified as Shantilata Banachhor of Tehsil Chhak in Paikamal. As per reports, Shantilata had brought three women from different parts of the district and kept them at her house. She allegedly forced the trio into flesh trade. Late last night one of the three women informed the police about the matter owing which police raided the house.
The team led by Paikamal IIC Biswajit Manabodh raided the house and rescued the three girls including the minor. Shantilata and three of her associates were also arrested.
Police said the kingpin had sold many girls outside the state. The accused have been booked under relevant sections of POCSO Act, Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act and under section 370 of IPC. Later in the day, they were forwarded to a Special Court in Bargarh.
Meanwhile, the rescued girls have been sent to a short stay home.