Police on trafficking trail search 6 spas in Ghaziabad mall

  • | Sunday | 3rd December, 2023

GHAZIABAD: Six persons were arrested for allegedly running sex rackets from spas at a mall amid a cluster of condominiums in Indirapuram. Officials said 17 others were picked up during raids, but were released after being handed warning notices.Police said they conducted raids at six spas at Aditya Mall after a tip-off that women trafficked from other states were being forced into prostitution there.During the searches, we found 44 women and 21 men in compromised positions or with some objectionable items. They were taken into custody. When we questioned them, we came to know that many of them were being blackmailed and had been forced into prostitution by the spa owners. So, we arrested the owners of the spa centres who allegedly forced women into this racket, said Swatantra Singh, ACP (Indirapuram).The six who were arrested were identified as Omprakash of Cocoon Spa, Jitendra Kumar of Renisha, Deepak Gaur of Satva, Nisha of Relief, and Lalit Kumar and Deepak Bhati of Pulse and Petals. They were booked under sections of the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act, 1956.Initially, we took 23 people into custody. But 17 of them were customers. So, they were handed notices and released. The remaining six were sent to jail, Singh said. Our investigation will now focus on a larger prostitution racket. We will also probe if any of the women were trafficked.Police sources said the spa owners or managers would contact prospective clients on WhatsApp and send pictures. The rates and timings would be decided through chats, he added.Once a deal was struck, the clients would visit the spa and a room would be allotted to them. We are recording the statements of the women who were detained from the spas. We need to find out if other people were involved in this racket, an officer said.Repeated calls and messages did not elicit any response from the mall management. We also published the following articles recentlyKushal Badrike reveals his wifes parents were against their marriage, says "thought they were against because of my looks"Marathi actor Kushal Badrike, known for his role in "Chala Hawa Yeu Dya," opened up about the challenges he faced in his personal life. He revealed that his in-laws strongly opposed their union, believing it was due to his looks. However, after stumbling upon old photographs of himself and receiving a humorous yet wise response from his wife, Kushal realized that his initial belief was a misconception. This personal anecdote serves as a reminder that beauty is subjective and societal standards can be influenced by factors beyond ones control.No norms were flouted: Cusat tech fest organizersDhishna tech fest organizers refute Cochin Universitys accusation of flouting norms. The fest organizers claim to have informed the university about all the necessary details, including the music programme, which had received approval from the academic council. The universitys statement distorts the facts and creates a false narrative against them. The fest coordinators followed the usual procedure of informing the principal, who then informs the university. The universitys allegation is unfair and motivated by internal politics. The suspended SoE principal refrains from commenting on the universitys statement.Kolkata Merc accident: Accused were at party, borrowed car from friendThe driver and passenger of the Mercedes that hit a scooterette attended a party before borrowing the car and setting out on a ride. The police are exploring the possibility of them consuming drugs. The car is registered in the name of an individual who is Maliks friend. IPC 304 has been slapped on the accused. The police are collecting CCTV footage and conducting a mechanical test. Maliks lawyer, Rajesh Gupta, defends his client.

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