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Baby sold into prostitution, saved


P Revathi,CNN-IBN
Jun 20, 2007 at 05:50am IST

Medak (Andhra Pradesh): A fortnight ago CNN-IBN had reported on how minor girls were being trafficked by their parents in Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh. Here is a story that is even more shocking.

A six-month-old baby girl has been brought through hell and back. Her mother died when she was just two-month-old.

Within eight days of her mother’s demise, her father, Ramulu fixed another marriage. And when her maternal uncle, Khasimpath Baliah came calling, her paternal grandparents said that a family in Hyderabad had adopted her.

However, after four months of search, he found out the child had actually been sold for Rs 5,000 to sex workers in a nearby village.

“The moment I came to know that they sold her to prostitutes my blood boiled. I decided to bring her back from that shoddy place immediately. Then I went to the police and took their help,” says Baliah.

The court has allowed Baliah and his wife Lakshmi to take the baby home. And now a happy father, Baliah has named the little one Bujji after his sister.

“Even if somebody gives me lakhs, I am not ready to part with her. I have two sons but it is a daughter who cries for her parents and gives them a glass of water. I will give her good education and great life,” says Lakshmi.

The police admit that the existence of such rackets of buying children and later pushing them into prostitution when they grow up is common.

“They purchase such little girls and raise them till they are 14 to 15 years old. They are then forced to enter prostitution,” says Station House Officer, Ramayampet Police Station, Yadagiri Raju.

It is a shocking story and a story of horror and outrage about a little girl being sold to sex workers by her grand parents when she was just two-month-old. Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident as many cases similar to this, go unreported.

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