Happy Childrens Day Tribal girl escapes from brothel after two years

Palakurty, Warangal, Nov. 13: A tribal girl who was sold to a brothel in Mumbai two years ago by her cruel stepfather, has reached home after making a daring escape from her captors.
However, on reaching the Kondapur thanda, she learnt to her shock that her mother, Sama, had been killed by the same stepfather.
Aparna (name changed), 20, accompanied by some women activists, said that she had managed to escape from the Mumbai railway station while her captors were handing her over to another brothel owner.
“I was made to wear a burqa,” she said. “There were also other girls with me. On the pretext of going to toilet, I managed to slip away from them.”
Aparna said that there were 40 other young girls, 20 Telugu speaking and 20 from other states being held in duress in the brothel.
“All the girls were being sold to a new brothel for a price of Rs 5 lakh each,” she said.
The tribal girl recalled that troubles started invading her life after her mother Sama started an illicit relationship with Bommisetty Ravinder, a mason, when their family reached Jawaharnagar Colony in search of livelihood a decade ago. Her father, Vasru, had managed to get job as a construction labourer there. Her father died soon and Ravinder moved in with the family, consisting of Aparna, her mother and two younger brothers. But Ravinder had nefarious designs and he took the little girl to Mumbai and sold her to a sex racket for Rs 2 lakh two years ago. By that time, his relations with Sama had become strained.
Things then took a turn for the worse and an enraged Ravinder allegedly killed Sama by dousing her with kerosene and setting her ablaze at their home this June. Subedari police arrested Ravinder and he is now cooling his heels in Warangal central prison.
Aparna has now found refuge at the house of her paternal aunt. She has no word of her two younger brothers though some villagers said they had seen the elder boy working as a labourer in Kondapur.


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