STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 7 February
 The Delhi Police on Thursday arrested a woman for her alleged involvement in forcing three Ugandan women into flesh trade, in Khirki Extension area of south Delhi.
 The trio women, on Monday evening, had approached the Delhi government’s official claiming to be the victims of a human trafficking and flesh trade racket in Khirki Extension.
 A case was registered with the Malviya Nagar police station on Tuesday.
 According to the police, the accused was identified as Irene, a Ugandan national, who used to take away the victims’ passports. It is alleged that she had been running an illegal prostitution racket with the assistance of her male friend in the upscale Khirki extension area in the past several months.
 The accused was produced before a Delhi court this morning which sent her to one day of police custody.  This was the very area, where the Delhi Law Minister, Mr Somnath Bharti had a spat with some senior Delhi Police officers over conducting a midnight raid in the absence of a search warrant. The house of Irene was the same which Mr Bharti wanted the cops to raid on that fateful controversial night.  Though the case was registered at the Malviya Nagar police station on receipt of a written communication on Monday regarding the statement recorded by Deputy Commissioner (South and South East Delhi) Nila Mohanan, the investigation into the case is being led by the senior officers of Vasant Kunj (South) police station.
 The police said that Irene has been booked under sections 384 (extortion) of the Indian Penal Code and sections 4 and 5 of the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act.
 As the investigating sleuths were raiding the area in Khirki Extension at the instance of the victim women, the occupants of the house managed to flee but Irene landed in police net yesterday.   The victims, who came to India on 17 January, are now at government’s Nari Niketan house as the Delhi government and the Ministry of External Affairs are trying to send them back to their country.  The women allege they were lured to the Capital on the false promise of jobs, and were held hostage by people they described as the drug mafia. They have also alleged that they were forced into prostitution, but added that they resisted. Sources said the women&’s passports and other documents were also taken away by the accused who duped them.
  According to sources, the Ugandan high commission was closely following the probe in the case. Further investigations from the Delhi Police are underway to nab the absconding accused.