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Ratlam Brothel Raid: Two Women Rescued, 16-Year-Old Escapes

2 Women Rescued from Ratlam

Our team received a lead about a 16-year-old who was forced into prostitution in Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh. After verifying the lead, we presented the evidence to the Superintendent of Police in Ratlam, who recruited another police officer to assist in the raid. In the past, our team experienced repeated tip-offs in this area when certain members of the police alerted brothels shortly before raids; this prevented rescues. We shared our concerns with the SP, who assured us there would be no breach of intel. The SP expressed interest in working together to combat child prostitution in his region.

When we contacted the police officer that the SP connected us with, he stated that he had no female police personnel at the station and connected us to another police station. Shortly after we spoke with them, a police team prepared to initiate the raid. 

On February 15th, at 5 p.m., the police and our team raided the brothel in Ratlam. As we scoured the rooms for the minor, we learned that she escaped via the roof. Although we immediately sent a team to search for her, we could not locate her. 

The police discovered two other women in the brothel, and after they collected evidence from the brothel and completed their reports, the two women and our team proceeded to the police station. The police were reluctant to file a First Information Report (FIR), so we called the SP to intervene. He directed the police to write an FIR under the PITA (Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act).

The next day, we met the SP in his office and requested that he continue the search for the minor who escaped, as well as add POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act) and other relevant sections to the FIR. He assured us that the police would continue to look for the minor. =


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