Kochi: The Crime Branch team investigating a sex racket in Kochi, whereby young girls were taken to the Gulf, received information on Saturday that about 12 girls were transported with the assistance of Kochi airport officials by forging the passports.
The Crime Branch investigation was held on the basis of the complaint from a girl who escaped the clutches of the racket and reached Mumbai. The sex racket operating in the Gulf has links across the country and also has agents operating in the state's major cities, the team said.
The investigating team took statements from the girl who had escaped the racketeers after she was taken to Dubai via Muscat. A passport belonging to a woman in Kattapana was forged for the purpose. "The girl in her statement said that she met several other Keralites in Dubai. There were girls from other countries also. She was taken to an isolated place in Dubai.
"The investigation held by the Crime Detachment Wing of the Ernakulam rural police revealed that about 12 girls were transported to the Gulf with the assistance of the airport authorities using forged passport in the last one year. We are trying to identify those girls," a Crime Branch official said....more
09:46 AM, Jul 29, 2012