VIJAYAWADA: Police have arrested nine persons for sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl from West Bengal with the intention of landing her in flesh trade.
According to police, the arrested were: T Suresh, Atkuri Ramakrsihna, Jujjuluri Prabhakar Reddy, Bandi Subba Rao, K Veera Sankarachari, Eemani Krishna Murthy, Vatluri Krishna Kishore, Pasupuleti Ravi Teja and D Sai Sravan.
The sections under which the cases were registered against them relate to prevention of children from sexual abuse and prevention of immoral traffic.
The girl who belongs to West Bengal went to Mumbai with her friend in search of a job as her family was in financial problems. Her friend then brought her to Vijayawada on August 14 and handed her over to a person. That person turned her over to one Suresh and a woman who confined her in a room in Murali Nagar and brought pressure on her to take to flesh trade.
To make her fall in line, they brought a few men who sexually assaulted her. The girl unable to bear the torture called dial 100 and realising that there might be trouble, the assailants tried to send her away in a bus at Pandit Nehru Bus Station but ran away when they saw police.
The police later learnt the actual story from her and made the arrests. A few more persons would be arrested soon, an official press release said on Monday.