Two teenaged girls were rescued from Bhiwandi, after police busted a prostitution racket. The raid was carried out on Wednesday night at Kalher lodge on the Thane-Bhiwandi road after which lodge manager Pappu Yadav (19) and pimp Jyoti Madyul (34) were placed under arrest, PI Sakheel Shaikh said.

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The rescued girls are 16 and 18 years old, and one of them is a Bangladeshi national. Both of them are lodged with the women welfare department, Shaikh said. The police also recovered Rs 76,652 cash during the raid.

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A case under sections 370 (buying or disposing of any person), 370A (exploitation of a trafficked person), 372 (selling minor) of the Indian Penal Code and sections 4,8 and 16 of The Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO) and sections 3,4,5, and 7 of Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA) has been registered with the Narpoli police station, Bhiwandi division.