“This is our lowest priority.”
Superintendent Rakesh Shukla says, "If we do more raids then they will have to go to a lawyer and to the court, and then the expenses incurred will fall on this poor girl. And they will have to pay through prostitution."
Some former prostitutes are now trying to break the cycle.
Geeta worked in the trade for 13 years.
Now she runs an after-school centre for children.
She shows them they can have a brighter future.
"Nowadays we tell the girls to study. Don't go into that swamp. Don't look at those paths. Don't turn around and look at places where this kind of work is going on. Ignore it. The girls know it's in their family also. Don't pay attention to it. We tell them to focus on their studies."
“Some say they will become doctors, lawyers as well. They have very big dreams.”
While attitudes are slowly changing, the fate of girls still lies in the hands of their families.
In the past decade, India’s middle class has become more vocal about the rising rates of rape across this patriarchal nation.
But on this highway, vulnerable girls from the country’s lowest caste are still being left behind.