POLICE CAUGHT ten persons in the age group of 20-25 years, who were allegedly involved in flesh trade while running massage parlours as a front, late on Saturday night. These included six girls.
The parlours were running at MP Nagar and Ten Number Stop. Additional SP (City) G K Pathak said acting on a tip-off that a sex racket was running at these parlours the raid was conducted simultaneously at both places. The police sent a decoy customer to Monica massage parlour. After the deal was struck, the police swung into action and arrested the person who was operating the racket.
A client was also caught red-handed. Police arrested Rekha (35), a resident of Indira Nagar, who was allegedly running the racket along with client Dheeraj and girls who were allegedly involved in the racket. The girls included Gudiya, Annua, Manisha, Sapna (not real names) and one more girl.
Later, police raided Kashish massage parlour at MP Nagar where they arrested parlour operator Shakir Ali, a resident of Idgah Hills. Two girls Poonam and Manisha (not real names) were also arrested from there.
The police said the girls came from outside Bhopal. The customers were charged Rs 1,300 for sexual favours. Out of this amount the girls got just Rs 300, while the remaining amount went to the operators.
Police seized 10 mobile phones from the arrested persons and Rs 10,000 in cash. Mahila police and Habibganj police registered separate cases under Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA) against the arrested persons.
The operators gave advertisements seeking customers and a separate cabin was used for such activities in the parlours.
Police suspect there could be more such prostitution rackets being run under the garb of beauty-cum-massage parlours.
Police are interrogating the accused to find out whether more such parlours were running in the City.