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Minor Indian girl rescued in Nepal sex racket

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A minor Indian girl was rescued from a hotel here as Nepalese police arrested seven people including four prostitutes in connection with a sex racket.

The 13-year-old girl, who hails from Motihari in Bihar, was rescued from the hotel at Shantinagar on the outskirt of Kathmandu on the basis of a tip-off yesterday.

A special police team had raided the hotel and arrested two persons who were operating prostitution business illegally in the cover of the hotel.

They have also arrested a 20-year-old Indian girl, also from Motihari, who had been working as a sex worker in the hotel.

Three Nepali girls, all in their twenties, and a local client Mahato were also taken into custody.

The minor had been forced into the flesh trade, while the other Indian girl and the three Nepali girls have admitted that they were involved in the trade voluntarily.

The police have handed over the minor, who was brought to Kathmandu on the pretext of providing her a good job, to Rakshya Nepal, a non-governmental organisation working for women's welfare.

The police have also filed cases against the three Nepali girls, the elder Indian girl and the male client, under public offence act.

Two owners of the hotel Armika Mahato and Rita Yadav have been arrested under human trafficking acts, according to Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Circle.

The police had produced both the owners of the hotel in Kathmandu District Court yesterday and received order for taking necessary legal action by putting them in judicial remand.

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