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Police rescue 24 girls forced into sex trade in northern India

7 August 2018

Police raided flats in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh and rescued 24 girls who had been forced into the sex trade, police said on Monday (August 6). The girls were taken from an illegal shelter home on Sunday (August 5) after one of the victims escaped and reached a women's police station.

The government had revoked the shelter's license for Mohan and Girija Tripathi, a husband and wife duo who operated the shelter in Deoria city, back in 2017. But the couple continued to run it illegally, police said. The governmental National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) estimates that there are about 7,300 care homes in India, which are home to some 230,000 children. About 1,300 of these shelters are unregistered.