Uzbek women murders: Police probing human trafficking racket

The case has brought to fore the potential existence of a forced flesh trade racketoperated through Uzbek nationals in an organised manner the national capital.

New Delhi: Two days after it came to light that the placement agent, who allegedly murdered an Uzbek woman, had also killed his accomplice from the same nation, the police are analysing his phone records to unravel a suspected organised human trafficking racket operating in the national capital.

The investigation of his case has brought to fore the potential existence of a forced flesh trade racket -- operated through Uzbek nationals in an organised manner -- in the national capital, said an official privy to the investigation.

This investigation can open a lid of worms, with the exposure of several big names with alleged connection with organised flesh trade rackets, so far not there in the police records, said the official.

Sources in the police said that a few suspected kingpins of organised flesh trade rackets allegedly operate from posh south Delhi and southeast Delhi localities, in the garb of placement agencies.

Meanwhile, the police are also trying to ascertain the origin of a letter (translated in English) which was found in the first Uzbek victim's belongings.

In the letter, the writer -- whose connection with the two deceased Uzbek women could not be ascertained yet -- expressed her plight, writing about her entire journey from Tashkent to Delhi.

In the letter, the woman says that she came to Delhi via Istanbul and Kathmandu in 2011. Her trip was funded by a Tashkent-based woman who said that she could work as a baby sitter for someone she claimed to know in Delhi.

However, things took a different turn and the woman claimed that she was forced into flesh trade. First she worked at Chandigarh and then in Delhi, meeting several placement agents in her journey -- including the arrested accused Gagan (spelled Gogan in the letter).

Most of these agents were married to Uzbek women and arranged parties on behalf of their selective clientele. Whenever the woman wanted to return to her nation, her passport was confiscated and she was allegedly beaten up by them and forced to live here, the letter reveals.

In the concerned case too, the second victim Naaz had allegedly confiscated the first victim's passport for she owed the former around Rs 8 lakh, leading to the entire dispute and the intervention of Gagan, as he has so far claimed during the intervention, sources added.

Police teams are now looking for names mentioned in the letter for more leads into the case, said an official.

The police are also awaiting report of the call record of a damaged phone recovered from Gagan's car used in the crime, the official added.

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