Goa has become a source as well as transit destination for trafficking of women and children for sex trade over the last three years, according to studies conducted by ARZ, an NGO which works for the rehabilitation of trafficked women and children.
Girls from 14 other states, apart from some neighbouring countries, are being trafficked in Goa, according to the studies.
Girls from the north-east, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and from vulnerable sections of society are lured to Goa in the guise of employment in massage parlours, casinos, hospitality segments, etc, and are then exploited in sex-trade, says Arun Pande, Director of ARZ in a The Hindu report.
He said that nearly 100 girls on an average are rescued from Goa every year, but that is hardly around 10 percent of the number of girls trafficked in the sex industry.
This comes days after a man and a woman were arrested in Panaji for alleged human trafficking for prostitution, and three girls were rescued from their trap.
In an overnight operation, Porvorim police had nabbed Pravin Parab (27), working as a pump operator with state Water Resources department, and Sajjiya Khan (27), who belongs to Mumbai, Police Inspector Jivba Dalvi, who led the investigation, had told PTI.
"A raid was conducted after sending decoy customers, who contacted Parab. When he arrived at designated place with the girls, he was arrested," he had said.
Three girls, two hailing from Karnataka and another from Mumbai, were rescued and sent to protection home, he had said.
With inputs from PTI