GUWAHATI, Dec 1 - Anti-trafficking units in Delhi and Assam are on the lookout for a notorious middle-aged woman from Baksa, who is believed to have trafficked more than 150 young girls and boys from Assam in the last couple of years.
Popularly known as Sophiya, this mysterious woman has been giving law-enforcing agencies the slip both in New Delhi and Assam ever since her role in the human trafficking racket came to the fore.
Recently, a team of child rights organisation Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) handed over a list of over 150 victims to the anti-trafficking unit of Delhi Police, who were allegedly trafficked by Sophiya from Assam in the last couple of years to various parts of the country, including New Delhi.
It is now believed that even the family members of Sophiya are hand-in-glove with her and are playing a key role in trafficking young girls from tea gardens and other remote villages of Baksa.
�We suspect that Sophiya and her gang have been supplying girls to the placement agencies from where the victims are transported to various parts of the country as per the requirement. She has emerged as the kingpin of a well-oiled racket and is on the run,� official sources claimed.
Sources further informed that Sophiya has been constantly changing her location and phone number to avoid arrest.
�Besides Baksa, Sophiya has lured young girls and boys from Udalguri, Kamrup and Bongaigaon districts. We have submitted the list to the Delhi Police and the anti-trafficking unit is working on it. The number could be more. As the victims were from poor financial background, it made the job of Sophiya and her team easier. Each one of them was promised quality life and handsome salary,� informed Rakesh Senger, Director of Campaign and Victims� Assistance of BBA told The Assam Tribune.
Not just in Delhi, complaints have also been lodged against Sophiya in Baksa district.