Police have arrested the parents of a 13-year-old girl for allegedly forcing their daughter into prostitution.
The incident came to light when an anonymous caller informed the Childline organization about a sex racket being carried out in Kottakkal in Malappuram district.
Reports indicate that her 55-year-old father would solicit customers. Mathrubhumi News has reported that the victim’s 37-year-old mother used to force her to go with different men once a month and charged Rs 3000/- from each client.
The girl has been rescued and taken to a shelter home. It is being suspected that the girl may have been sexually abused by up to 40 people.
Police have arrested around ten people including a broker.
The UK Parliamentary Human Rights Committee has grilled Twitter and Facebook representatives over violent and misogynistic abuse of women users, including women MPs.
MP Joanna Cherry accused Twitter “of displaying a pattern of relaxed tolerance to tweets containing violent attacks on women”.
“There seems to be a pattern of Twitter initially ruling that extremely offensive and violent tweets directed at women in public life are acceptable, and that Twitter only reviews their decision when they are pressed by other figures in public life,” The Guardian reported, quoting Cherry.
Cherry showed graphic videos sent to MPs from an account dubbed Sonic Fox, depicting violence towards women.
The panel chair and Labour MP Harriet Harman said the abuse on social media platforms was out of control.
Reacting to the comments, Twitter’s head of UK government, public policy and philanthropy Kay Minshall said that she was “horrified”.
“We are acutely aware of the unique experience women have on Twitter and changes we may have to make in our policies to get that right,” she told the panel.