Nineteen people, including nine women, were arrested in connection with an alleged prostitution racket from three spas. The woman kingpin of the racket was also arrested during the raid. All three centres were using WhatsApp for soliciting customers by sending photographs of the women, Assistant Superintendent of Police Keshav Kumar said. The sub-divisional magistrate of the city was also present during raid.
"Nine females and 10 males were found in compromising position. They have been arrested under human trafficking prevention Act," he said, adding the police recovered 24 mobile phones, Rs. 16,000 and contraceptives.
In Mumbai, last month the crime branch had busted a sex racket being operated from a spa centre in suburban Vile Parle and rescued six Thai women after conducting a raid. Sleuths of unit-9 of crime branch had seized Rs 1.23 lakh, a laptop, a swipe machine, three voucher books and some documents from 'The Thai Villa', located at Rishi Building on Dixit Road. The rescued women were found to be in possession of tourist and business visas, he said. A case has been registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA).