An Indian court has sentenced 39 people to 10 years in prison each for buying and selling girls in Karnataka state, signaling a rare victory for prosecutors in a country where fewer than two in five trafficking cases ends in a conviction.

Human traffickers, pimps and brothel owners were among those convicted by a district court in Ballari on Tuesday, according to prosecutor Rathod Ramsingh, who said he hoped the verdict would deter others.

“Normally only the pimps get picked up but this time everyone involved in buying, selling and reselling of these girls has been found guilty,” Ramsingh told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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