The J&K police on Friday busted an inter-state sex racket with the arrest of eight persons, including five women.
On a specific information, a police team raided a house in Bhatindi area of the city on Friday and arrested three youths, four alleged sex workers and a woman pimp, officials said here on Saturday.
A woman from Himachal Pradesh was running the bawdy-house. She had taken the place on rent a few months ago and used to contact customers on her mobile phones.
The police said two (including the head of the vice ring) of the five women belonged to Himachal Pradesh, two are locals, and one is from West Bengal. However, no officer was willing to come on record.
One of the two women from Himachal Pradesh is the only member in her family to be in a position to earn. Sources said that her father was paralytic, the only brother is behind bars and her husband is no more.
The woman from West Bengal was married to a person from Kashmir but her husband divorced her some years ago. She is now staying with her two children here and she too was piped into the trade.
The two local women complained of frequent torture by their husbands and in-laws.
Now, the police are investigating how the kingpin roped in these women and who else is associated with this racket.
The arrested youths have been identified as Sandeep Magotra, a junior engineer, Vijay Sharma, a contractor, and Rajiv Kumar, a shopkeeper.
(with PTI inputs)