Baina the Goa’s forbidden area where no civilized person would want to go, at least in a broad daylight. This area was very notorious prior to the demolition of all the illegal cubicles in year 2004 by the Manohar Parrikar government, who promised the locals that if they come to power they will clean the Baina. It’s been almost 11 years now since the Baina area was cleaned up, but the recent child trafficking racket which came into the light after the 14 year old girl complained of a sexual abuse by her stepfather, Baina once again came into the radar of police and media.
The recent story of prostitution in Baina published by the local daily HERALD has generated enough evidences to prove that the prostitution activities have not yet completely eradicated from this area or rather you can say that it is going on in full swing; we hereby bring to you the story from HERALD publication sting operation of Baina Red Light Area written by Navin Jha.
According to the Herald “The cubicles may have gone but what happened in June 2004 still does in June 2015”. The photojournalist along with the reporter went to Baina on the Thursday night and they found out that the bars were filled with the young women, who were either drinking on credit or at the cost of the customers. Although there were no strong evidences of the women actually involved into the solicitation of the customers but the indications were strong enough to suggest otherwise.
According the journalist one of the female come to their table asking them to buy her a drink, but before the reporter could react to the suggestion of a woman, someone around realized the presence of media sting operation and the whole scenario changed drastically, the women and customers were deserted from the scene. Even the one who approached the reporter is went out of the bar saying “No we are here just to have some drinks and then we will rush back home quickly”, but the same female was spotted again at the same bar after an hour’s time by the same reporter.
The reporter and photojournalist spent more than two hours visiting various places where they witnessed the same scenario, subsequently the team left the area to meet the NGO, ARZ, who had exposed the child trafficking in the Baina area recently. The NGO chief Arun Pandey gave them feedback saying
“Yes one would see few alcoholic women in bars very frequently. They are at the bar with the hope that people would sponsor those drinks, as these girls have no money. They also drink on credit and in return the bar owners expect these females to pay back by providing services to customers,” said Arun Pandey. “The customers and the bar owners then “settle” amounts.” He added.
It has been confirmed that the selling of the girl child is the outcome of their relationships with their live in partners or the customers. The reporters heard these women chatting with the customers in the bar where they mentioned that they need to leave early as their sons are waiting for them at home, no one ever said a daughter is waiting at home; this raises the alarm whether they have sold their daughters? What do you think? Please leave your valuable feedback and comments.