The social services branch ( SSB) of the crime branch on Monday night busted a high-profile prostitution racket, arrested a casting director and rescued two models, including a small-time television actor.
Police sources said the actor told investigators that she had not been paid for months on end while working in serials, leaving her with no choice but to switch to prostitution to earn money.
SSB officials said they received a tip-off about casting director Raja Dayashankar Sinha, 27, a Lokhandwala resident, who allegedly provides models for prostitution. Police made their decoy contact Sinha as a customer.
Before finalising the deal, the decoy demanded to see the models.
When Sinha came to a restaurant at Andheri (West) along with two models, the police were already there and caught him after he received Rs5,000. Apart from the money, a tablet and other material was seized from him, police said.
“Sinha claims that he has been in the flesh trade for more than a year. We found that he has many women among his contacts,” said deputy commissioner of police (enforcement) Pravin Patil.
The rescued actor, who lives with her mother in the western suburbs, has worked in many serials. She has even worked in some Bangla films.
“She told us that she doesn’t get paid for her work for 5-6 months and hence got into the flesh trade to make money,” said a police officer. The other woman rescued is a native of Chhattisgarh.
She has a child and works at a massage parlour.
“We found many pictures and contact details of models on Sinha’s tablet, who would take 50% of the overall deal which would range between Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000,” said inspector Raja Bidkar from SSB.
During investigation we found that Sinha would approach models and lure them into the flesh trade,” said SSB inspector Vilas Datir.