The Palampur police have busted an interstate sex racket being operated from the hill town and arrested three people, including a woman, who is the kingpin, while hunt is on to nab other culprits in the case.
The lid was blown off the racket following extensive investigation into a case in which two minor girls had recently gone missing from Palampur and were later found in Rajkot, Gujarat.
Those arrested are Rozy, Saurav Walia and Sandeep Sood, all three in the age group of 25 to 30 and residents of Palampur town. They have been booked under the Prevention of Child from Sexual Offence Act. Walia and Sood belong to reputed families of the town.
Rozy was arrested on Wednesday while the two youths were rounded up on Thursday. A local court had sent all three accused to five-day police remand.
According to police sources, the accused have links in outside states, including, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Gujarat and Chandigarh.
Sources said the racket involved many high-profile people as well.
“The accused used to lure poor village girls, mostly students, into prostitution and then supply them to customers outside states in lieu of money,” said a police official.
Meanwhile, a police team left for Chandigarh on Friday to arrest two more people, who are allegedly involved in the racket.
A police official said the two minor girls, who had gone missing last month, were first sent to Chandigarh. They were kept in a flat in Chandigarh, where two youths allegedly raped them.
Later, kingpin of the racket Rozy took them to Rajkot and when police investigations intensified, she sent them back.
Sources said the accused during investigations have revealed the names of some more people from the town who will be arrested soon.