2 Darjeeling Girls Win National Bravery Awards for Busting Cross-border Trafficking Racket

Two schoolgirls will be awarded national bravery awards next week for helping police bust a cross-border human trafficking racket, leading to the arrest of suspects in the cases of missing girls from both India and Nepal. The girls, both from Darjeeling in Bengal, befriended the traffickers on Facebook in May 2016. They then spent days communicating with them by telephone, convincing the traffickers that they were willing to run away from home before leading them to the police. Traffickers also targeted the two schoolgirls, but were unaware that they were part of an operation jointly organized by police and non-profit organization Mankind in Action for Rural Growth. Shivani Gond, 17, and Tejasweeta Pradhan, 18, will be honored by PM Modi for “showing exemplary courage”



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