They got involved in the flesh trade, thousands of kilometres away from their native land, to get a hold of luxuries unheard of, back home. The five eastern European women — nabbed by the Crime Branch in a sex racket on Tuesday — were a part of an exotic, international sex tourism trade, which is rooted in the fall of the erstwhile Soviet Union in the early 90s.
“All of them come from poor socio-economic backgrounds and operate similar rackets back home. The girls involved — aged between 19 and 28 — were put up to the racket by friends or relatives, who run similar rackets in developing countries and the Middle East,” said a senior police officer from the Crime Branch, requesting anonymity.
Sources said the apprehended women would come to the Capital for four to six months on tourist visas. They would cater to contacts made available to them by those known to them and at the end of their hiatus, fly back with expensive objects like leather purses, jewellery and cosmetics.
The flat, located in south Delhi’s posh South Extension part I — from which they were apprehended — had been rented out by an unidentified woman of eastern European woman in mid-2010 and used to fetch the landlord a monthly rent of Rs 35,000.
“During initial inquiries made with the owner of the property, it came to light that the said flat had been rented out by a Ukranian woman, last year. We have been able to ascertain that the each of the girls was paid a sum of Rs 1 lakh per month, excluding food and accommodation, which were being taken care of by the pimp, Ashish,” the officer said.
Police said the racket’s modus operandi was subtle and simple. Customers would contact the main pimp through numbers provided on a website. He would then put them in touch with a local pimp, who would be physically present to escort customers to the flat.
“The apprehended gang had first contacted Ashish and expressed their interest in being part of his operations. They had been asked to contact him by women who had done business with him on several other occasions earlier,” the officer added.