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Housewife in online sleaze mart; held

india Updated: Aug 05, 2006 16:21 IST

She was soliciting clients by the click of a mouse but luck ran out for this housewife from an unsuspecting middle-class neighbourhood of Kolkata when the cops caught her red handed after posing as client.

Kavita, the fictitious name used by the woman, is 28, convent educated and mother of one. But this housewife from the Thakurpukur area on the city's southern fringe chose the sleaze route to comfort by registering herself with an online prostitution racket, which listed names of men and women from Kolkata as "escorts".

The arrest of Kavita Monday evening - who gave her photo, cell phone number and hourly charges on the website - from a guesthouse in Jadavpur in south Kolkata is the first such arrest in the city.

The sleuths of the Detective Department (DD) also picked up the guesthouse owner, a retired state government employee.

"This is the first time we have arrested a woman for soliciting clients on a website. We booked her under the Information Technology Act," said Rajeev Mishra, deputy commissioner of police (special), detective department.

Police came to know about the woman while investigating Internet prostitution in the city where the men and women are called escorts.

"She is smart and fluent in English and Hindi. After 10 days of phone calls, she agreed to spend an hour with one of our officers for Rs.1,720," said deputy commissioner Mishra.

The officer reached the guesthouse on SC Mullick Road, owned by 65-year-old Hrishikesh Mukherjee, and arrested her as soon as she appeared.

"Since the Net announcement is illegal and there is enough evidence, we did not need other proof," said Mishra.

Both the woman and Mukherjee were produced in Bankshal court and remanded in police custody till May 26. The woman can face a prison term of up to five years if convicted.

Police are on the lookout for other members of the online prostitution racket after the interrogation of Kavita.