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Nearly 40 traffickers convicted in Karnataka in rare success for prosecutors

Human traffickers, pimps, and brothel owners were among 39 people convicted by a district court in Ballari with the sentencing due on Wednesday, according to the prosecutor Rathod Ramsingh, who said he hoped the verdict would discourage others.

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Campaigners welcomed the verdict, saying that it should encourage other victims to come forward.

Chennai: Nearly 40 people were found guilty on Tuesday of buying and selling the girls in Karnataka, signaling a rare victory for prosecutors in a country where fewer than two in five trafficking cases ends in a conviction.

Human traffickers, pimps, and brothel owners were among 39 people convicted by a district court in Ballari with the sentencing due on Wednesday, according to the prosecutor Rathod Ramsingh, who said he hoped the verdict would discourage others.

“Normally only the pimps get picked up but this time everyone involved in buying, selling and reselling of these girls has found guilty,” Ramsingh said.

The prosecution came after Ballari police raided the several brothels in 2013, rescuing 43 women and 21 children, including a 13-year-old, and seizing the evidence including cash and account ledgers.

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Seven of the rescued victims were from Bangladesh and the rest were from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, Karnataka, and Odisha.

A further 48 suspects in the case are being tried in the three separate cases in Karnataka.

Of an estimated 20 million commercial sex workers in India, 16 million women & girls are victims of sex trafficking, according to the non-governmental organizations working in the country.

Of the 2,075 human trafficking cases that were prosecuted in 2015, 824 ended in a conviction, according to India’s national crime records bureau.

Campaigners welcomed Tuesday’s verdict, saying it must encourage other victims to come forward.

“This conviction is because of the courage of the survivors, all young women, who walked into the packed courtroom to identify their traffickers and the men who abused them,” said the Adrian Phillips of non-profit Justice and Care that worked with the police on a case.

“Offenders who previously assumed they would get away with the crime will now know otherwise.”

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