GB Road raid: Three brothels sealed after court order, Tamang jailed
“Accordingly, in view of Section 18(2) (magistrate’s power to order closure of brothel and eviction of offenders) of the ITP Act, it is hereby directed that the brothel be sealed with immediate effect,” Additional Sessions Judge Ramesh Kumar said, while directing that a copy of its order be sent to SHO of Kamla Market police station for necessary action.
Sources said that in the past 26 years, the couple, Affaq Hussain and Saira Begum have trafficked more than 5,000 girls from Nepal and West Bengal. Sources said that on GB Road, the couple owns six kothas. Out of this, one of the kothas has been sealed. Further adding, the source shared that apart from closing down the brothel owned by the woman accused, Saira Begum, in the human trafficking racket, some portions of building number 57, 59 and 70 were also closed. Sources further alleged that while the police were carrying out the sealing drive, sex workers allegedly came out on the streets and started protesting. Days after the Crime Branch crackdown on the human trafficking racket, 42 police staff from Kamla Market police station have been transferred.
Sources also shared that later on Monday, a Delhi court had also ordered the closure of a brothel owned by a 36-year-old woman of Nepali origin, Kanchi Tamang, who was sentenced to three-year imprisonment for possessing the house.
The court awarded the jail term to Tamang after holding her guilty under Section 3 (punishment for keeping a brothel or allowing premises to be used as a brothel) of the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act.