Goa Police has claimed that the two Delhi-based women, who were allegedly gangraped by five men in Anjuna, worked as escorts and that they fell prey to a plot by the accused to recover their money.
The two girls had not come to Goa as tourists, but worked for an escort service, police said.
"The entire gang-rape was an attempt to recover money that was cheated by a third escort from a relative of one of the accused. Both the victims were not tourists but worked as escorts," said Umesh Gaonkar, superintendent of police (north).
Investigations revealed that a US-based cousin of one of the accused, Ajay Kumar Kusba, was cheated of Rs 1.50 lakh by an escort while he was in Goa in February this year and the group had planned to abduct the victims in a bid to recover that money, which subsequently led to the alleged gang-rape, police said.
"The girl after checking-in the hotel with the US-based man had ran away with his cash of Rs 1 lakh and an iphone," Gaonkar said.
The five men were arrested after they allegedly kidnapped the two women by impersonating as policemen and raped them in a flat in Anjuna village on June 1.
The medical examination confirmed that the women were raped.
Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar said there needs to be a check on such activities in the state.
When asked about the presence of escort services in the state, Parsekar said, "We seriously need to think over it. . . we will not shrug the responsibility." He added that the government will crack down on such services and that there is no need to give special instructions to the police as they have already been instructed.