13 people including 6 north-eastern girls held in Raipur for alleged involvement in sex trade

13 people including 6 north-eastern girls held in Raipur for alleged involvement in sex trade

RAIPUR, April 17, 2018: As many as 13 people, including eight women, were arrested on Thursday for their alleged role in flesh after the city police raided two spas located on MG Road and Sohna Road. All the suspects were booked under sections 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 of Immoral Traffic Act at Sector 50 and Sector 29 police stations.

The girls, who hail from Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, were arrested from an area under Rajendra Nagar Police Station in Raipur on Sunday evening.

Police claimed to have conducted two raids by separate teams headed by inspector Surender Phogat, SHO, Sector 50 police station and Vikas Kaushik, SHO, Sector 29 police station after receiving tip-offs.

The team headed by Kaushik raided Alive Spa, which is at the second floor of Sahara Mall on MG Road around 6.30pm, and arrested five women and the spa manager for allegedly running a sex racket that operated out of the spa.
Acting on the tip-off, we sent a decoy customer to the spa. He met the manager of spa and then finalised a deal with one of the women and gave her Rs 3, 000. After receiving a signal from him, we conducted the raid ,” said inspector Kaushik. The women, aged between 20 and 30 years, were arrested for their involvement in the sex trade. They are from UP, Bihar and Northeast states.

Stating that the arrested girls would be produced in the court on Monday, the IPS officer also informed, “This evening, 13 people including 6 girls from NE states have been arrested and will be produced at court tomorrow.”.

Indicating the involvement of women traffickers in engaging girls from the Northeast in flesh trade after promising lucrative jobs outside the Northeast, IGP Hibu said he has also told the SSP, Raipur to take action against the recruiters from the Northeast, who were behind engaging those girls into the trade.

“I told the SSP to take action against recruiters from NE states also, who promised them decent jobs but pushed them to flesh trade in Raipur, Chattishgarh,” stated Hibu.

However, he has also informed that no one has come to take their bail.

Expressing his concern over the continued arrests of NE women from different spas, hotels, the police officer stated: “Its very sad and worrisome trend of several NE females arrested and lodged in custody in different cities in India, recent arrests at Lucknow, Goa, Ahmedabad, Noida, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Pune, Delhi….how owners of these pubs, spa, hotels, even hospitals take advantage of their vulnerability and exploit them …is mind boggling painful to hear regularly, my mind is still fresh with recent cases of spa owners exploitation in Rajouri Garden West Delhi and at Noida.”

TNT News with inputs from Times of India, NELive

Image Courtesy: NELive


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