"We received specific information about the racket"
Police raided a sex racket operation late on Saturday, January 4, 2020, in Mumbai. They rescued eight female victims, including upcoming actresses and models.
Officers from Juhu Police Station also arrested six people who had been running the illegal business. Two of the arrested were women who had pimped the victims to clients.
At the police station, some of the accused told officers that they worked as casting directors and assistant directors for TV shows.
However, their claims are yet to be verified.
It was revealed that an undercover operation had led to a raid being conducted.
After receiving information about a sex racket, the police sent an undercover officer, who posed as a customer, to the location.
It was revealed that several rooms at a hotel near Juhu beach were being used. Senior Inspector Pandharinath Wavhal explained:
“We received specific information about the racket on Saturday.
“Two rooms had been booked at a hotel located off Juhu beach. A bogus customer was sent.”
The undercover officer handed some money to the suspects. After the police received confirmation about the whereabouts of the sex racket and the suspects were identified, a raid was set.
Officers burst into the rooms. Four men and two women were arrested.
Police identified the women as Rishika Ghosh and Manju Sharma. Meanwhile, the men were Asif Shaikh, Atul Singh, Ajmal Khan and Ravi Kumar.
Police found out that the women pimped the victims out to customers while the men worked as agents, luring young women into the illegal operation.
The six suspects were booked under the Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act. Eight young women were found to be sex workers and were rescued.
During questioning, some of the victims told police that they worked as actresses and models on TV shows and web series’.
It was established that the victims were new to their respective industries when they were forced into the sex racket.
One officer explained that the pimps would contact customers over the phone before sending photos of the young women over WhatsApp.
Once they selected a woman of their choice, they were asked to book a hotel.
The pimps would receive details of the hotel and the room. The information was then passed on to the sex workers who would meet the clients at the hotel.
Customers were charged by the hour once they met with the sex worker.
Depending on the sexual favours they wanted, customers paid between Rs. 30,000 (£320) and Rs. 40,000 (£420).
Police officers also stated that if the pimps knew the client was wealthy, they would ask for more money.
The Times of India reported that the suspects remain in custody, while the investigation continues.