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Bangalore : In a major action, Karnataka Police has busted a human trafficking racket by arresting seven people. City Crime Branch (CCB) officials have rescued 17 women, who have been prepared to be taken to Dubai.

Police has gathered information about the deportation of 95 women to Dubai and confiscated 17 passports.

The accused used to cheat the youths by luring them to earn huge amount of lakhs of rupees per month. He also used to woo girls working in event management companies.

The accused provided Rs 50,000 as advance money and helped them get visa to Dubai and sent them there. The gang targeted women from the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Punjab.

The accused had links with the owners of dance bars in Dubai. Once the girls landed in Dubai, they were forced to perform in dance bars. Later, dance bar owners forced them to attract and entertain customers.

If girls refuse to do so, they are harassed mentally and physically. The victims were asked to return the advance amount immediately. Since the girls exhausted the money taken as advance, they were forced to continue with the job.

One of the victims who were trapped in the gang approached Henoor police station in Bengaluru and lodged a complaint. Later, considering the seriousness of the matter, it was handed over to the CCB for further investigation.

Police have arrested three accused from Karnataka and four from Tamil Nadu.

Those arrested have been identified as Basavaraju Shankarappa Kalasad (43), a junior artiste from Koppal, Adarsh ‚Äč‚Äčalias Adi (28), a dancer from Mysore, Rajendra Nachimuttu (32) from Salem, Tamil Nadu, Mariyappan (44), an artist agent from Chennai. As has happened. Chandu (20) from Bengaluru, T Ashoka (29) from Pondicherry and S Rajiv Gandhi (35) from Tiruvallur in Tamil Nadu.

Further investigation is on.

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