Mumbai :  The Social Service Branch of the Mumbai police rescued a teenager from Indore from being traded into prostitution on Thursday night by posing as a prospective buyer and apprehending the accused, Azam Sharif Khan (24), who struck a deal for Rs 3 lakh, red-handed.

The plan to trap Khan was hatched after the cops received inputs that a trafficker is on the lookout for a buyer and wants to sell an approximately 20-year-old girl for Rs 3 lakh. Accordingly, the police sent a decoy to meet Khan to strike a deal. Khan told the decoy the girl’s price and even showed him the girl from a distance.

The two then decided to meet opposite a restaurant at Girgaum Chowpatty at 9 pm on Thursday. The decoy handed Khan Rs 3 lakh in cash with all the notes marked by the police for identification later. When the money was exchanged, Khan was caught red-handed and apprehended by the cops and the girl was secured at 11.30 pm.

Investigations revealed that the 19-year-old girl had been lured by Khan with the false prospect of performing at high-profile weddings which are managed by Event Management companies.

A case was filed at Gamdevi police station and the marked currency was recovered from Khan. Further inquiry against Khan is being done while the girl has been sent to a shelter home.

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