The SOP will guide not only the police, women welfare agencies, but NGOs too in prevention, rescue and their rehabilitation also.
Though a case was registered against Gassali on May 23 in Kochi city based on a complaint lodged by a victim, Gassali continued to remain untraceable all this while.
More stories of exploitation and harassment by the racket which had trafficked women to Kuwait are coming out, with yet another victim approaching the Kochi City Police.
A research study on ‘Compensate Victims’, published by Sanjog in 2020, held the lack of awareness responsible for human-trafficking victims not seeking the aid.
The racket got exposed when one of the three victims on return from Kuwait lodged a complaint with police and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) through a Kochi-based lawyer Nishin George
The Chief Wildlife Warden was perplexed when it received queries from its Gujarat counterpart about no-objection certificates allegedly issued by the former for transportation of captive elephants.
Police said they recorded the arrest of the accused and he was remanded in judicial custody.
Invoking section 370 would enable the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which had already conducted a preliminary inquiry into the incident, to officially take over the probe.
Racket recruited after pasting posters across state inviting applications for employment
The police have started to track the accused using the mobile numbers they used to coordinate the operation.
Very few such incidents come to light because the majority of women suffer the brutalities in silence even without informing their family members.
M K Gassali, a Dubai-based Kannur native who is the kingpin of the racket, allegedly demanded a ransom of Rs three lakh to release the women when their families approached him.
Tafazzur Mamun, who uses fake identity cards with the names Vijay Kumar, Amrul and Vimal Dutt, allegedly operated a human trafficking racket from Mumbai.
Top cop Shankar Jiwal detailed the cases handled by the Job Racket Wing, the Anti-Vice Squad, and the Anti-Land Grabbing unit, last year.
SC directed that police should neither interfere nor take criminal action against adult and consenting sex workers