The CBI probing the Nedumbassery human trafficking incident has initiated steps to make an accused, who was a victim of a flesh trade racket in Dubai, an approver in the case.
The CBI has taken consent of the accused, a native of Kazhakoottom in Thiruvananthapuram, who was cheated and taken for flesh trade to Gulf countries under the guise of domestic work.
According to CBI officials, the statement of the accused would be a key evidence against other accused, as she was a victim also.
“We would be filing a report before the Ernakulam Chief Judicial Magistrate for taking the secret statement of the woman under 164 CrPC. She has agreed to become a witness in the case. Five cases have been registered in regard to the human trafficking incident. The woman is an accused in only a single case, registered for travelling using a fake passport. In the rest of the cases, she is the victim and complainant. The Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court had granted anticipatory bail to her recently,” a CBI official said. CBI officials said the woman was approached by an agent supplying women to sex racketeers, promising her a highly-paid job abroad.
She was given a passport that belonged to a woman in Kattappana, who also was a victim of the sex racket.
The photograph in the passport was replaced with hers and she was taken abroad with the assistance of police officials in the Immigration Wing of Nedumbassery airport.
After reaching Gulf, she realised that she had been brought there for flesh trade.
When she did not cooperate with the racketeers, they tortured her. Following this, she fled from their house and with the assistance of some NRIs, she reached Mumbai airport.
At the airport, she was caught for travelling using a fake passport and was handed over to the Kerala police.
During her investigation by the Crime Branch, several agents, policemen and the kingpin, Lissy Sojan of Vadakkanchery, were arrested. The case was later handed over to the CBI for further investigation.